Tharoor announces new book: The Paradoxical Prime Minister

Shashi Tharoor appears to have caused a spike in Google searches for an obscure English word that is longer than some sentences.

Indian National Congress’s politician Shashi Tharoor introduced his new book with unknown words like “floccinaucinihilipilification”. After that, this word is high rated on Google search engine.


As part of a promotion for his new book called ‘The Paradoxical Prime Minister,’ he described the new book on Prime Minister Narendra Modi as “more than just a 400-page exercise in floccinaucinihilipilification.” According to the Oxford dictionary, the word is a noun and means “the action or habit of estimating something as worthless”.

And while people were struggling to spell, read and pronounce it, Shashi Tharoor helps you to pronounce it in his own spoken-audio clip.

Tharoor’s book comes weeks before a round of state elections, including three in large BJP-ruled states, and months ahead of next year’s general election. He’s a Congress leader and a former minister of state in the UPA regime. But politics isn’t Tharoor’s only forte. He is a prolific writer with a magisterial command of English — and his public pronouncements often show it.

He once decried a “exasperating farrago of distortions”, has described his encounters with victims of “Lalochezia”, but also said he doesn’t use “rodomontade” language — meaning “boastful or inflated talk”.

Perhaps you’re wondering if there’s even a word that’s longer than floccinaucinihilipilification. Yes, there is, pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.