Shashi Tharoor dives into millennial dictionary amid row of ‘unparliamentary’ words, leaves Twitter impressed
Congress leader Shashi Tharoor is known for his gift of small talk. The Thiruvananthapuram MP has left many loquacious word casters dumbfounded with his penchant for using harsh words like quockerwodger and quomodocunquize. And this time he did it again with the word ‘Algospeak, Tharoor’s latest addition to the Twitter lexicon.
On Wednesday, the congressional leader shared the meaning of his “word of the day” on the microblogging site. “Algospeak (noun): word used on social media posts to avoid using another that algorithms might identify as inappropriate or inappropriate, in order to circumvent downgrading by content moderation filters on social media platforms social. For example, using ‘not alive’ rather than ‘dead’,” Tharoor tweeted.
#Word of the day:
*in algo language* [noun]:
word used on social media posts to avoid using another that algorithms might identify as inappropriate or inappropriate, in order to circumvent downgrading by content moderation filters on social media platforms. For instance. using “not alive” rather than “dead”.
—Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) July 20, 2022
The post follows a political tussle after a booklet published by the Lok Sabha secretariat recently ruled a number of commonly used words as parliamentarians. Without commenting on the yearbook about it, Tharoor responded to a post on Twitter, which said that for “words” issues, there was Shashi Tharoor. The post contained some of the words which were recently banned in Parliament and their replacements which included harsh and rarely used words which are Tharoor’s forte.
“Not my doing but smart enough!” Tharoor tweeted, tagging the post.
Both of Tharoor’s posts have gone viral on social media, with many on Twitter recalling the multiple occasions where Tharoor’s words have sent Twitterati rushing to their dictionaries to confirm whether such words indeed exist.
Many have pointed out that now “algospeak” is what Tharoor and other opposition leaders will have to do in parliament to get around the ban on “unparliamentary” words.
— Abhishek Saxena #wonderingwanderer (@asaxena87) July 20, 2022
Where can I find the whole list of algospeaks?
— Surya Narayan (@suryanarayan__) July 20, 2022
Maybe algospeak will also work in parliament given the number of words deemed unsuitable
— RUMOR (@rambombay) July 20, 2022
Not one to stay late, Tharoor also continues to share younger or more “millennial” words such as today’s “doomscrolling” or “algospeak” on his social media. A few months ago, Tharoor shared his “word of the day” – doomscrolling. The word refers. that “increased consumption of predominantly negative news could have detrimental psychological effects, in addition to causing political depression”.
Earlier in May, Tharoor digged into the Ministry of Railways with a hard-to-pronounce puzzle – quomodocunquize.
“To earn money by any means possible,” the meaning displayed by him had said. Before that, he had posted the word quockerwodger.
“A quockerwodger was a kind of wooden puppet. In politics, a quockerwodger was a politician acting on the instructions of an influential third party, rather than properly representing his constituents,” he said.
In the past, he has confused people with words and phrases such as “maddening farrago of distortions” and “troglodyte”.
While “farrago” denotes a muddled mixture, “troglodyte” denotes a person seen as deliberately ignorant or old-fashioned.
(With PTI entries)