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“Unworthy of honour”: Shashi Tharoor tweets his morphed Shakespeare pic

Team Udayavani, Aug 12, 2019, 11:24 AM IST

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, known for his wordplay, tweeted a morphed photo Saturday where he resembles William Shakespeare and called it “the most flattering image”.

The 63-year-old former diplomat, who often baffles social media with his linguistic skills, also said he is “unworthy of honour”. “The most flattering image going around on What’s App today – amazed that someone thought of making me into Shakespeare & then actually took the trouble to create this! Thanks to whoever did so (though i am completely unworthy of the honour!) (sic),” he tweeted. The tweet has been liked over 15,000 times since it was posted.

William Shakespeare is one of the most celebrated poets and playwrights in English literature.

Shashi Tharoor’s tweets often make social media users scramble for dictionary. The three-time MP from Kerala’s Thiruvananthpuram is known for his sense of humour and sarcasm.

Last year, while referring to abuses he faces on Twitter, he stumped his trolls with a term – “lalochezia”, which means the use of vulgar or foul language to relieve stress or pain.

“Every day, I encounter on @Twitter people suffering from lalochezia! All too often they direct their suffering at me & others who support my beliefs…. (sic)” he wrote. He even shared the dictionary definition of the word for those who were not familiar with the term.

In another post, he compressed a 29-letter tongue-twister into a single word – “floccinaucinihilipilification” – while referring to his book “The Paradoxial Prime Minister”.

“My new book, The Paradoxical Prime Minister, is more than just a 400-page exercise in floccinaucinihilipilification…” Mr Tharoor had tweeted. He deployed the word to briefly explain what his book is about — “The action or habit of estimating something as worthless.”

On his official website, Shashi Tharoor is described as a person who “was a pioneer in using social media as an instrument of political interaction.” Till 2013, he was India’s most-followed politician on Twitter, until being overtaken that year by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his website says.


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