Former United States Harry S Truman once said -- if you cannot convince them, confuse them, and found an ardent follower in Congress MP Shashi Tharoor.
Tharoor is a walking-talking reservoir of new-found and never-heard-before words, and it has started to almost look like he uses these words as weapons to fight off unwarranted questions. The audience gets so lost in finding the meaning of the word that rarely does he receive queries on his Twitter feed.
So when Tharoor tweeted his vacay pictures from Maldives, only a handful asked him who he went with, and most were busy in finding out what a beautiful word in the tweet meant. You see -- confusing....than convincing. Voila!
And no, we do not mean to call out Tharoor for his genius. We don't have the English to do so. We just mean to say 'go slow, Mr Tharoor.' And so does the Twitterverse.
It so happened that this morning, Tharoor tweeted pictures from his recent trip to the Maldives. "A couple of weeks ago, before all the political kerfuffle in the media, I managed a brief three-day escape to @SonevaFushi in the Maldives. Feels like aeons ago now but I've never been on a more perfect getaway," he wrote, sharing four pictures from his getaway.
A couple of weeks ago, before all the political kerfuffle in the media, I managed a brief three-day escape to @SonevaFushi in the Maldives. Feels like aeons ago now but I’ve never been on a more perfect getaway. #DiscoverSoneva pic.twitter.com/fVPhZX2qv6— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) September 10, 2019
Did you say 'hainji'? We too.
Several users asked: Bhai, kehna kya chahte ho?
Shashi, try to use simple English so that common people can understand. The communication in HiFi English will not yield the results intended for. For most of your speeches or messages people have one question “ Kahana kya chahate ho”— Dilip Jade (@Dilip_Jade) September 10, 2019
A user tweeted: "Sir kerfuffle jaise word likha karo to saath me (meaning b likh diya karo) aapki baat b puri ho jayegi bachho ka gyanvardhan b hojayega"
Sir kerfuffle jaise word likha karo to saath me (meaning b likh diya karo) aapki baat b puri ho jayegi bachho ka gyanvardhan b hojayega— arunshukla (@arunshukla) September 10, 2019
Another liked it: "What a nice word kurkuffle"
What a nice word kurkuffle— Ayush (@Ayush44850648) September 10, 2019
Most were like: "What the kerfuffle ?"
What the kerfuffle ?— furiosa on mimosa (@FuriosaOnMimosa) September 10, 2019
Others had a genuine queries: "Is ‘Kerfulle’ a Maldivian word Sir ?"
Is ‘Kerfulle’ a Maldivian word Sir ?— Kumar Sanjeet (@KumarSa17676915) September 10, 2019
And a few learnt something: "I learnt a new word today - Kerfuffle"
I learnt a new word today - Kerfuffle 😊 #shashitharoormywordoftheday— Sowmya Mruthyunjaya (@SowmyaMruthyun1) September 10, 2019
Do you know what it means? We do :D
According to Oxford Dictionaries, kerfuffle refers to a "commotion or fuss, especially one caused by conflicting views."
Again, I got to learn a new word.😎 pic.twitter.com/SjVmYh6tDA— ARVINDER KUMAR (@ARVINDE84354432) September 10, 2019
The long list of words that Shashi Tharoor has taught the lesser mortals includes lalochezia, farrago, webaqoof and snollygoster, and our favourite -- floccinaucinihilipilification, among others.