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Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) general secretary Abhay Singh Chautala and Haryana agriculture minister JP Dalal (right) are locked in a war of words over the farmers’ agitation.(HT file)

INLD’s Abhay Chautala, Haryana agriculture minister in war of words

Hindustan Times, Rohtak | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON DEC 10, 2020 03:28 PM IST
Dalal’s remarks over farmers’ agitation escalates into ugly spat with both leaders accusing each other of corruption
Author Dharini Bhaskar(Courtesy Hachette)
Author Dharini Bhaskar(Courtesy Hachette)

Interview: Dharini Bhaskar, author, These, Our Bodies, Possessed by Light

Hindustan Times | By Simar Bhasin
UPDATED ON OCT 09, 2020 04:55 PM IST
The author talks about the power of words and of how her experience in publishing has helped her writing
Farhan Akhtar feels the lockdown has given us an opportunity to reflect on our priorities and life. Make-up: Swapnil Pathare; Hair: Saurabh Bhatkar @BBlunt. Farhan Akhtar’s team: Rohidas Debnath (bodyguard), Mukesh Asati (attendant), Santosh Mayana (driver)(Errikos Andreou)
Farhan Akhtar feels the lockdown has given us an opportunity to reflect on our priorities and life. Make-up: Swapnil Pathare; Hair: Saurabh Bhatkar @BBlunt. Farhan Akhtar’s team: Rohidas Debnath (bodyguard), Mukesh Asati (attendant), Santosh Mayana (driver)(Errikos Andreou)

HT Brunch cover story: Farhan of few words

Hindustan Times | By Jamal Shaikh
PUBLISHED ON JUL 05, 2020 06:36 AM IST
Understated performances, insane body transformations or his courage to speak his mind. What makes actor Farhan Akhtar a consistent favourite among the fans?
Egregious is the most apposite word for actions that exceed all boundaries of propriety, good taste or limits of common sense. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)
Egregious is the most apposite word for actions that exceed all boundaries of propriety, good taste or limits of common sense. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)

Word of the Week: Standing out from the flock, in the worst way

Hindustan Times | By Shashi Tharoor
UPDATED ON MAY 10, 2020 06:57 PM IST
Egregious is the most apposite word for actions that exceed all boundaries of propriety, good taste or limits of common sense.
While the term has a very specific meaning, it can, by extension, be applied to people who demonstrate the qualities of yogis. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)
While the term has a very specific meaning, it can, by extension, be applied to people who demonstrate the qualities of yogis. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)

Word of the Week: Yogi, a word for the spiritually wise

Hindustan Times | By Shashi Tharoor
UPDATED ON MAY 03, 2020 12:42 PM IST
While the term has a very specific meaning, it can, by extension, be applied to people who demonstrate the qualities of yogis.
Whistleblowing is not risk-free: it can cost you your job, and if your identity is revealed, result in reprisal.(ILLUSTRATION: GAJANAN NIRAPALE)
Whistleblowing is not risk-free: it can cost you your job, and if your identity is revealed, result in reprisal.(ILLUSTRATION: GAJANAN NIRAPALE)

Word of the Week: The whistleblower’s moral dilemma

Hindustan Times | By Shashi Tharoor
UPDATED ON APR 12, 2020 04:18 PM IST
Whistleblowing is not risk-free: it can cost you your job, and if your identity is revealed, result in reprisal.
The word lynch has sadly been heard again in Delhi as violence claimed 53 lives two weeks ago.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
The word lynch has sadly been heard again in Delhi as violence claimed 53 lives two weeks ago.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Shashi Tharoor’s Word of The Week: Lynch

Hindustan Times | By Shashi Tharoor
UPDATED ON MAR 13, 2020 01:13 PM IST
Though ‘lynching’ is always illegal, perpetrators often escape justice
Geetu Bhatnagar of Oracle interacts with Rameet Arora of HT in Episode 14 of HT Brand Studio Live, Season 2.
Geetu Bhatnagar of Oracle interacts with Rameet Arora of HT in Episode 14 of HT Brand Studio Live, Season 2.

When it comes to media planning in 2020, disruption is the key word

UPDATED ON FEB 25, 2020 10:03 AM IST
A multitude of platforms, evolving consumer preferences, and the constant search for ‘meaningful content’ are revolutionizing the state of media in 2020. In the 14th episode of HT Brand Studio Live, Season 2, seven brand leaders shared their views on the same.
(Illustration: Ajay Thakuri)
(Illustration: Ajay Thakuri)

Shashi Tharoor’s Word of the Week: Hyperbole

Hindustan Times | By Shashi Tharoor
UPDATED ON FEB 22, 2020 10:08 AM IST
Hyperbole is used in oratory and in personal conversation. The person using it does not intend to be taken literally, but to convey the intensity of his conviction
(Illustration: Mohit Suneja)
(Illustration: Mohit Suneja)

Shashi Tharoor’s word of the week: Quarantine

Hindustan Times | By Shashi Tharoor
UPDATED ON FEB 15, 2020 12:24 PM IST
The aim of quarantine is to prevent transmission of the disease from potentially infected persons to healthy persons during the incubation period
(HT Illustration: Gajanan Nirphale)
(HT Illustration: Gajanan Nirphale)

Shashi Tharoor’s word of the week: Republic

Hindustan Times | By Shashi Tharoor
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2020 05:08 PM IST
An oligarchy can call itself a republic. But the true spirit of the political system is democratic, where citizens govern the state via elected representatives
(HT Illustration: Gajanan Nirphale)
(HT Illustration: Gajanan Nirphale)

Shashi Tharoor’s word of the week: Impeach

Hindustan Times | By Shashi Tharoor
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2020 05:51 PM IST
It’s often taken as a sort of verdict, but impeachment doesn’t usually imply confirmed guilt or loss of office. It’s a first step towards a kind of trial.
In India, “goon” requires no subtitles: the word, and the violent thugs themselves, are sadly ubiquitous in our country(Gajanan Nirphale)
In India, “goon” requires no subtitles: the word, and the violent thugs themselves, are sadly ubiquitous in our country(Gajanan Nirphale)

Shashi Tharoor’s word of the week: Goon

Hindustan Times | By Shashi Tharoor
PUBLISHED ON JAN 10, 2020 08:26 PM IST
Understand this word better and prevent yourself from acting like one
The American Dialect Society picks the Word of the Decade and Word of the Year at its annual meeting of university professors, grad students and word lovers of all ages.(Unsplash)
The American Dialect Society picks the Word of the Decade and Word of the Year at its annual meeting of university professors, grad students and word lovers of all ages.(Unsplash)

Sum it up! U.S. linguists to pick Word of the Decade

Reuters | By Reuters
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2020 01:07 PM IST
The American Dialect Society picks the Word of the Decade and Word of the Year at its annual meeting of university professors, grad students and word lovers of all ages.
The neutral pronoun “they” has been voted word of the decade by US language experts. (Representative Image)(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The neutral pronoun “they” has been voted word of the decade by US language experts. (Representative Image)(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Neutral pronoun ‘they’ chosen as word of the decade

New York | By Agence France Presse
PUBLISHED ON JAN 04, 2020 10:50 PM IST
The 131-year-old society includes linguists, lexicographers, etymologists, grammarians, historians, researchers, writers, editors, students and scholars.
Mumbai-based documentary photographer Sudharak Olwe was awarded Padma Shri in 2016 for his social work
Mumbai-based documentary photographer Sudharak Olwe was awarded Padma Shri in 2016 for his social work

Making a picture says a thousand words

Hindustan Times | By Priya Pathiyan
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2019 12:13 AM IST
For award-winning photojournalist Padma Shri Sudharak Olwe, a camera is a weapon that brings justice to the most marginalised of people

Shashi Tharoor’s Word of The Week: Floccinaucinihilipilification

Hindustan Times | By Shashi Tharoor
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2019 05:22 PM IST
Lingusitics sources trace the word back to works published as long ago as 1741, in a letter by William Shenstone, who was credited by Sir Walter Scott in 1826 as the inventor of the word

Shashi Tharoor’s word of the week: Curfew

By Shashi Tharoor
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2019 02:39 PM IST
From denoting an evening signal when lights would go off to a clampdown when people must stay indoors at certain times, this word has a fascinating journey

Shashi Tharoor’s word of the week: rodomontade

Hindustan Times | By Shashi Tharoor
UPDATED ON DEC 13, 2019 02:21 PM IST
Rodomontade is a personal, rhetorical and a musical style - of bombast, pomp and flourishes.
Merriam-Webster word of the year is They.(www.merriam-webster.com)
Merriam-Webster word of the year is They.(www.merriam-webster.com)

Merriam-Webster names the word of the year: They

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2019 10:58 AM IST
Two months ago, the dictionary added the word ‘they’ as a non-binary pronoun that can refer to just one person.

Shashi Tharoor’s word of the week: Quiz

Hindustan Times | By Shashi Tharoor
PUBLISHED ON DEC 06, 2019 05:39 PM IST
Here’s the unusual journey of a word which initially meant an oddball, then became the equivalent of a joke, and now indicates a set of questions
Dr Seuss mentions a nerd in his 1950 book, If I Ran the Zoo. His accompanying illustration showed a tiny, unkempt, vaguely human-looking creature with a large head and a strange expression.
Dr Seuss mentions a nerd in his 1950 book, If I Ran the Zoo. His accompanying illustration showed a tiny, unkempt, vaguely human-looking creature with a large head and a strange expression.

Shashi Tharoor’s word of the week: Nerd

Hindustan Times | By Shashi Tharoor
PUBLISHED ON NOV 23, 2019 05:45 PM IST
Some say collegians flipped ‘drunk’ backwards to coin the term ‘knurds’, for those who didn’t socialise.
Save the use of “kerfuffle” for a trivial row, or an unjustified or exaggerated ruckus.(HT Illustration: Mohit Suneja)
Save the use of “kerfuffle” for a trivial row, or an unjustified or exaggerated ruckus.(HT Illustration: Mohit Suneja)

Word of the week by Shashi Tharoor: This week’s word, Kerfuffle

Hindustan Times | By Shashi Tharoor
UPDATED ON NOV 09, 2019 06:33 PM IST
It’s a fuss of a different nature — one that should not be taken seriously
((HT Illustration: Gajanan Nirphale))
((HT Illustration: Gajanan Nirphale))

Shashi Tharoor’s word of the week: Farrago

Hindustan Times | By Shashi Tharoor
PUBLISHED ON NOV 02, 2019 05:52 PM IST
Last year, this word was widely used by the Twitterati across India

Shashi Tharoor’s word of the week: Eponym

Hindustan Times | By Shashi Tharoor
PUBLISHED ON OCT 18, 2019 06:35 PM IST
When a name or a noun is drawn from a famous person

Shashi Tharoor’s word of the week: Paraprosdokian

Hindustan Times | By Shashi Tharoor
PUBLISHED ON OCT 05, 2019 05:17 PM IST
Satirists can excel at paraprosdokians: what better way to skew the pretensions of society?
(HT Illustration: Gajanan Nirphale)
(HT Illustration: Gajanan Nirphale)

Shashi Tharoor’s word of the week: Luddite

Hindustan Times | By Shashi Tharoor
PUBLISHED ON SEP 21, 2019 09:41 PM IST
A world without technology? That is what many people still dream of
Former Haryana chief secretary Dharam Vir, a 1973-batch officer says public contact is a must for public servants.(HT PHOTO)
Former Haryana chief secretary Dharam Vir, a 1973-batch officer says public contact is a must for public servants.(HT PHOTO)

Words of wisdom with Haryana ex-chief secy Dharam Vir: If you accept a challenge, give it all you have and stand by the decision’

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Yojana Yadav, Panchkula
UPDATED ON SEP 19, 2019 03:17 PM IST
GOAL-ORIENTED Dharam Vir, the Haryana chief secretary from 2007-09 and state election commission chief till 2015, recommends a SWOT analysis to understand the self before choosing an aim and achieving it
Politicians of all hues from Kirron Kher to Harmohan Dhawan make it a point to connect with Ravinder Krishan before the elections.(HT PHOTO)
Politicians of all hues from Kirron Kher to Harmohan Dhawan make it a point to connect with Ravinder Krishan before the elections.(HT PHOTO)

Words of wisdom with Ravinder Krishan: Rise above self-interest, value human relations, stay humble

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Yojana Yadav
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2019 10:15 PM IST
BUILDING BONDS Income tax lawyer, Ravinder Krishan, 78, is a people’s man which makes him a much sought-after kingmaker whether it’s the Lok Sabha or Chandigarh Club elections
(HT Illustration: Gajanan Nirphale)
(HT Illustration: Gajanan Nirphale)

Shashi Tharoor’s Word of the Week: Oxymoron

Hindustan Times | By Shashi Tharoor
PUBLISHED ON SEP 14, 2019 05:32 PM IST
It can be poetry when opposites attract.
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