Shashi Tharoor’s ‘word of the day’ tweet stood out on social media after India’s historic win over Australia

He posted ‘epicaricacy’, literally ‘the act of rejoicing at or deriving pleasure from misfortunes of others’. It was his way of taking a dig at ex-Australian players who had predicted doom for India

Photo Courtesy: Twitter/@BCCI
Photo Courtesy: Twitter/@BCCI

NH Web Desk

Following the historic victory by the Indian cricket team over Australia at Brisbane on Tuesday, thus retaining the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, social media exploded with hundreds of users expressing jubilation at the team’s formidable feat.

One particular tweet that stood out and drew wide attention was, however, a single ‘word of the day’ comment posted by senior Congress leader and MP from Thiruvanthapuram Shashi Tharoor.

Shashi Tharoor tweeted: " #WordIfTheDay: epicaricacy! I am not the gloating kind, but there's a special pleasure in reading these comments today... When everything else has been said, what remains but “wow”?!”

‘Epicaricacy’, as per the dictionary, is the act of rejoicing at or deriving pleasure from the misfortunes of others.

Tharoor also embedded a graphic of former Australian cricketers who had predicted trouble for India ahead of the fourth Test at Brisbane's Gabba, where Australia had remained undefeated since 1988.

Former Australia captain Michael Clarke had predicted "deep trouble" for Team India batting without Virat Kohli, while Ricky Ponting had said there would be a good chance of a "white wash" in Kohli's absence.

Brad Haddin and Mark Waugh had both said India would not recover from its loss in the Adelaide test.

He also posted another tweet, taking a dig at former Australian skipper Michael Clarke who had said India could celebrate for a year if they beat Australia without Virat Kohli.

“Yes, Michael Clarke is right -- let's celebrate for a year... starting with hammering the English from next month!”

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Published: 19 Jan 2021, 8:26 PM