Shashi Tharoor is famous for many things, but one of his favourite pastimes involves throwing niche words around for people to look up. It always leads to a bit of a media frenzy while also giving us new phrases to use at fancy shindigs. Let's face it - most of us wouldn't know what 'farrago' or 'floccinaucinihilipilification' meant if it weren't for his tweets.
Most recently, he used the word 'kerfuffle' in a caption to some photos he tweeted of a trip to the Maldives.
A couple of weeks ago, before all the political kerfuffle in the media, I managed a brief three-day escape to @SonevaFushi in the Maldives. Feels like aeons ago now but I’ve never been on a more perfect getaway. #DiscoverSoneva pic.twitter.com/fVPhZX2qv6— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) September 10, 2019
Kerfuffle basically means 'a commotion or fuss, especially one caused by conflicting views'. Well, the public bit the bait, and had a few things to say.
The man. who even on his vacation, doesn't leave his thesaurus behind— Yogesh Potdar (@potdaryogesh) September 10, 2019
All those wondering about the shashi word of the day ;) pic.twitter.com/XUryoaO22H— The Notorious B.E.E .🐝🐝 (@chatpataka100) September 10, 2019
Is ‘Kerfulle’ a Maldivian word Sir ?— Kumar Sanjeet (@KumarSa17676915) September 10, 2019
Sir kerfuffle jaise word likha karo to saath me (meaning b likh diya karo) aapki baat b puri ho jayegi bachho ka gyanvardhan b hojayega— arunshukla (@arunshukla) September 10, 2019
Kerfuffle : A Commotion or fuss, especially one caused by conflicting views.— мαℓαуαℓι gσσиєя #🇦🇫🇨 (@Aubamayang14) September 10, 2019
What a beautiful word.🥰🥰🥰
Again, I got to learn a new word.😎 pic.twitter.com/SjVmYh6tDA— ARVINDER KUMAR (@ARVINDE84354432) September 10, 2019
What is the meaning of kerfuffle and aeons.— Vivek Kumar (@VivekKu35749311) September 10, 2019
New word added to the dictionary- 'kerfuffle'— Chirag Sinha (@CSinha25) September 10, 2019
Truth be told, this is actually one of the easier words that Tharoor has spouted. School teachers can now say kerfuffle instead of calling their class a fish market!