Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, known to amuse his Twitter followers with his fabulous vocabulary, this morning gave a cheeky response to those "who issue snarky remarks daily" about his diction.
In a tweet, the 65-year-old MP from Kerala's Thiruvananthapuram shared a cartoon, serving as a reminder why "enunciation" or pronouncing words clearly is important.
Mr Tharoor, who is recuperating after testing positive for coronavirus in April, tweeted: "This is for all those who issue snarky remarks daily about my diction - a reminder of why enunciation *is* important! (sic)"
This is for all those who issue snarky remarks daily about my diction — a reminder of why enunciation *is* important! pic.twitter.com/VPKPHbz8cb— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) June 2, 2021
Titled "The Enunciation Apocalypse", the cartoon shows some military personnel inside a monitoring station with large television screens hanging from the wall.
One of them gives a command to Alexa, the voice-controlled virtual assistant. Asked to order "lunch", the device misunderstands and takes it for missile "launch".
The tweet has drawn a lot of attention from Mr Tharoor's followers; it got nearly 1,000 likes and a number of comments within an hour of being shared.
A user said, "I love your enunciation. Let them say as then your tweet keeps reappearing which is so relaxing."
I love your enunciation ❤ let them say as then ur tweet keeps reappearing which is so relaxin— Creative Mita (@mita1610) June 2, 2021
Another said, “No such problem in Hindi. Try it.”
No such problem in Hindi. Try it— Vijay Kumar Sharma (@ervijaysharma) June 2, 2021
Then there were a few who said “Enunciation” is the word of the day.
Word of the day— SGg (@snehgaj) June 2, 2021
Take a look at some of the other reactions:
Its has happened to me while experimenting with NLP code. Luckily my code was not connected to nuclear missile but at times felt like system was hurling out profanity. ????????????????— Siddharth Savant (@siddhu92) June 2, 2021
Don't worry, they're just jealous! ????— RD (@DharRenuka) June 2, 2021
Mr Tharoor has often been called a wordsmith. Last month, Mr Tharoor used a rarely used word- “floccinaucinihilipilification” - during banter with fellow politician and TRS chief KT Rama Rao.
The word made Twitter users run for their dictionaries. The noun means “the action or habit of estimating something as worthless”, according to the Oxford dictionary.
Before that, Mr Tharoor has stumped people with “farrago” and “troglodyte”. "Farrago" means a confused mixture and "troglodyte" means a person regarded as being deliberately ignorant or old-fashioned.