More than often Sashi Tharoor leaves his opponents and detractors dumbstruck and gaping with his brilliant use of English language. His classic twitter insult hurled at Arnab Goswami has become a legend of sort has a cult-like following among his fans.
I admire Sashi Tharoor’s knowledge of English. I, myself, am an advance learner of English, but still far away from reaching Tharoor’s level. Such mastery comes from continuous learning and experience.
Surprisingly, the ability to write and speak mind boggling English is not related to intelligence. It comes from learning and practice. We live in a world the way you speak is more important than the content you convey. Tharoor’s arguments are not necessarily cogent but his ways of speaking strikes a chord among both of his supporters and opponents.
You too can develop such mastery over English language. If you speak and write ok English you just need to add few hundreds of complex and not frequently used words. You will be regarded as superior man and you will have the ability to insult your opponents without them getting a clue of what you said. You can leave your intelligent and highly learned opponents leave and dry.
I have compiled a list of half dozen of words below with hint of how to use them. They are little difficult to memorize. If you care to revise and practice they should be easily part of your regular vocabulary.
VOUCHSAFE: Vouchsafe simply means to grant or offer something, both tangible and intangible. It literally means to guarantee, or to furnish in a gracious or condescending manner. This word was frequently used by Shakespeare in his writing.
Example usage: ‘Darling, if you could see your way clear to vouchsafe me the use of the car tomorrow, I think I can undertake to eschew any reference to the dents in the fender.’
ULTRACREPIDARIAN: It means Going too far or overstepping the mark; presumptuous; overstepping the limit; intruding in someone else’s business.
Usage: The word is used when you disapprove and want to remind a person who is overstepping his limit
Example: ‘Sir, you are an ultracrepidarian bounder.’
SCIOLISM: The word refers to superficial knowledge; a show of learning without any substantial foundation.
Usage: You can use the word to hurl insult who you think is induldging in ultracrepidarianism.
Example: “Revered Sir, I prostrate before your superior sciolism.’
RODOMONTADE: The word refers to talk or behaviors that is boastful or blustering, a kind of arrogant rant.. The popular synonym is braggadocio. The word has come from Rodomont, a Moorish hero in Ariosto’s O rlan do F urioso.
Usage: The nearest thing to a modern example that springs to mind is the televised prating of politicians; but in at least two of these three cases there is an underlying suggestion of self-awareness and good humor that prevents the term being fully applicable.
Example: ‘I enjoyed his rodomontades thrown at public.”
PARALOGISM: This refers to talks or arguments that are illogical and lacks reasons. The talker unaware of the illogicality of his/her own talking.
Usage: You would use the word to silence the person who is talking beyond reason.
Example: ‘Ah, Herr sire, how can I possibly hope to match you in paralogism?5
HETEROSEXUAL: A word that has, paradoxically, come into its own along with increasing acceptance by society of the behavior described by its antonym. It refers to person who is attracted to people of opposite sex. So, almost all humans are heterosexual.
Usage: Its modern usage is thus essentially defensive. The word is not aggressively used. It used when you want ward off advance of a guy or lesbenian.
Example: ‘Sire/madame, I beg your pardon. This creature is strictly a heterosexual.
FACINOROUS: It refers to acts or behaviors that are exceedingly wicked.
Usage: You use the word to denounce your opponent.
Example: ‘I’ll speak no ill of you, friend! The world knows and accepts your truly facinerous nature.
I will speak no ill of my opponent in this election campaign. All of us recognize and accept his truly facinerous nature.’
Having words in your repository of words that normal people don’t know will certainly give advantage over them in daily life, especially if you are out going type. So learn these words. It is really fun. In coming days I will post more such type of words.