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'Algospeak': Shashi Tharoor Gives His New Word of the Day. Do You Know What it Means?

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Last Updated: July 21, 2022, 09:27 IST

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File photo of Congress leader Shashi Tharoor. (PTI)

File photo of Congress leader Shashi Tharoor. (PTI)

Shashi Tharoor is back with a new word that may have you pick up the dictionary (again).

Shashi Tharoor is known for his rich vocabulary that leaves people digging dictionaries. The congress leader shared another such word that, according to Tharoor, is being used more than ever. The new word is “algospeak." It is used on “social media posts to avoid using another that algorithms may identify as “unsuitable or inappropriate, in order to bypass downranking by content moderation filters on social media platforms," the Kerala MP tweeted. Stating examples, he wrote, “Eg. using “unalive” rather than “dead."

Here is the tweet:

Tharoor is often known for sharing the word of the day with his followers. While many were left amused, others believe that it has a reference to the recent unparliamentary words row. This is after the Union Government released a list of words deemed unfit for use in Parliament. “People rather resort to writing words something like “de@d”. Using “unalive” should be interesting,” one person wrote. Another mentioned, “Algospeak: Also the words uttered by a drunk best man before a catastrophic speech." Here is how his followers have reacted:

Earlier, Tharoor gave in to what came to be known as “Word of the Era." The parliamentarian shared the meaning of the word doom-scrolling and explained the nitty-gritty associated with the word. Exclaiming “Word of the Era!” Tharoor added, “Merriam Webster Dictionary says they are watching the increasing use of this term (along with ‘doomsurfing’).”

The Thiruvananthapuram MP further elaborated on the meaning of the word. Doom-scrolling is the “increased consumption of predominantly negative news.” This malevolent consumption can lead to multiple psychological ill effects and can also cause political depression.

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    first published:July 21, 2022, 09:27 IST
    last updated:July 21, 2022, 09:27 IST