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Oxford Dictionary Steps In As Rahul Gandhi Slams PM Modi With "New Word"

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Replying to Rahul Gandhi's tweet on "Modilie", Oxford Dictionary said the image he shared was "fake" and "does not exist".

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Oxford Dictionary Steps In As Rahul Gandhi Slams PM Modi With 'New Word'

"Modilie": Oxford Dictionary said the image shared by Rahul Gandhi was "fake" (PTI)


New Delhi: 

The Oxford Dictionary inserted itself into a political debate in India after Congress chief Rahul Gandhi claimed that the there was a new word in the English language "Modilie", targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi for "constantly modifying the truth".

Tweeting a photoshopped screenshot of the dictionary's website, Mr Gandhi said, "There's a new word in the English Dictionary".

Replying to Mr Gandhi's tweet, Oxford Dictionary said the image he shared was "fake" and "does not exist".

Though Mr Gandhi did not name Oxford Dictionary, the screenshot shared by Mr Gandhi showed a website that resembled that of celebrated publication's, complete with an ad for the Congress.

"To constantly Modify the truth," said one of the definitions inside the screenshot shared by Mr Gandhi, a play on words using the Prime Minister's surname to indicate what the Congress has termed his habit of not speaking the truth on a number of issues.

Another definition inside the screenshot said the word meant "to lie incessantly and habitually", while another said "Modilie" meant "to lie without respite".

The screenshot also cheekily termed "Modilie" as a "mass noun", a noun which denotes something that cannot be counted and which does not have a plural word in ordinary usage, according to the Oxford Dictionary.

Doubling down on the campaign, Mr Gandhi also tweeted on Thursday the link to a website which he said "catalogues the best Modilies!"

"'Modilie' is a new word that's become popular worldwide," he said in the tweet.

The Congress chief's invective was slammed by BJP supporters.

Amit Malviya, head of the BJP IT cell, retweeted Oxford Dictionary's tweet.

In 2017, Rahul Gandhi had launched an attack on Union Minister Arun Jaitley, modifying his surname as "Jetlie". The BJP had then accused Mr Gandhi of "intentionally twisting" Mr Jaitley's name.

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