The English teacher of Indian Twitter, Shashi Tharoor, gave the Twitterverse some serious English lessons last year.
Unfortunately, Tharoor kicked off the new year by committing a typo in a tweet on the microblogging site.
The senior Congress leader took to Twitter to thank those who joined him on his Facebook Live.
He wrote, "Delighted to have 20,000 live viewers for my #FacebookLive at lunchtime on New Year's Day! Those whom missed it can view it at leisure on https://www.facebook.com/ShashiTharoor/videos/10155485107363167/ … @facebook"
To everyone's shock, the teacher got schooled for his typo as many pointed out the grammatical mistake in his tweet including the author and social commentator Suhel Seth.
Seth quoted Tharoor's tweet and wrote, "Happy New Year. And those ‘who’ missed it😂😂😂🙏🙏🙏 or those ‘of’ whom...🙏🙏🙏"
Happy New Year. And those ‘who’ missed it😂😂😂🙏🙏🙏 or those ‘of’ whom...🙏🙏🙏 https://t.co/WvrjAf4JdA— SUHEL SETH (@suhelseth) January 1, 2018
And soon both were involved in a healthy banter. Tharoor later tweeted that he has learned his lesson.
Just heard @suhelseth caught it too! All thanks to hasty typing -- should have re-read and deleted but was rushing. Another "hoong hats" moment: Teaches me a lesson to check before pressing "Tweet" https://t.co/sVgh8JI9aF— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) January 2, 2018
Seth in his animated self called Tharoor "adorably kind" for gracefully accepting his mistake.
You are adorably kind...happy New Year😂😂 https://t.co/eTPsAVdLeo— SUHEL SETH (@suhelseth) January 2, 2018
Stunned Twitterati had the last laugh.
Slam dunk!👊😂— Adnan Sami (@AdnanSamiLive) January 1, 2018
This will go down in history. Someone correcting Tharoorian English is the rarest sight.— Tarun Khanna (@Tarun_Khannaa) January 1, 2018
Oh to be a Tharoor typo, so rare so so significant.— Shilpa Rathnam (@shilparathnam) January 1, 2018
However, Tharoor was barraged with correction tweets. So he went ahead and explained the reason for his typo.
It was a typo.... the "m" from "missed" got transposed & repeated!— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) January 2, 2018
And later found some support.
To err is human! Don’t even bother. All who criticise know less and make more mistakes— Bratisankar Ghosh (@Brats01) January 2, 2018
You are too genuine and humble considering your intellect..quality that has become quite rare. Much appreciated and thanks.— Irfan Attar (@irat2702) January 2, 2018
This reminds me of Shoaib Akhtar bowling a yorker to Sachin......clean bowled.— Ramesh P (@rameshpill77) January 1, 2018
Last year, Tharoor stumped the world by using the F word—Farrago. For days, people were trying to figure who first came up with it, how it is used, etc etc.
“Exasperating farrago of distortions, misrepresentations & outright lies being broadcast by an unprincipled showman masquerading as a journalist,” Tharoor had tweeted slamming a TV channel and a journalist who had accused him of hiding information about the death of his wife, Sunanda Pushkar.
And even made us run for our dictionaries while responding to those who sent him parodies of his speaking and writing style.
To all the well-meaning folks who send me parodies of my supposed speaking/writing style: The purpose of speaking or writing is to communicate w/ precision. I choose my words because they are the best ones for the idea i want to convey, not the most obscure or rodomontade ones!— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) December 13, 2017