On Wednesday, Congress president Rahul Gandhi shared a screenshot taking a jibe at PM Modi. Rahul Gandhi wrote:
“There’s a new word in the English Dictionary. Attached is a snapshot of the entry :)”
There’s a new word in the English Dictionary. Attached is a snapshot of the entry 🙂 pic.twitter.com/xdBdEUL48r
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) May 15, 2019
Clearly Congress President was mocking the Prime Minister after a series of memes shared on social media over his comments on ‘Cloud Radar, using digital camera in 1987-88 or having an email ID much before VSNL actually launched its services in India.’
Not just this, today Gandhi even shared link to a website named “Modilies” which lists various articles on the statements made by Modi, which are factually incorrect or completely fabricated.
‘Modilie’ is a new word that’s become popular worldwide. Now there’s even a website that catalogues the best Modilies! https://t.co/Ct04DlRsj3
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) May 16, 2019
However, on Thursday, Oxford dictionary actually replied to Rahul Gandhi’s tweet negating the addition of any such word to their database. They wrote,
“We can confirm that the image showing the entry ‘Modilie’ is fake and does not exist in any of our Oxford Dictionaries.”
We can confirm that the image showing the entry ‘Modilie’ is fake and does not exist in any of our Oxford Dictionaries.
— Oxford Dictionaries (@OxfordWords) May 16, 2019
It is not understood why Oxford had to publicly write to Rahul Gandhi on this issue, since Gandhi had not mentioned the name of Oxford at all. Also, the image tweeted by Gandhi read “English Living Dictionaries” whereas the official site of Oxford displays the search option under the title “English Oxford Living Dictionaries”.
This is not the first time Rahul Gandhi has smartly used sarcasm in conveying a powerful message to his followers in mainstream media or on social media.
In an interview with News Nation couple of days ago, Rahul Gandhi stumped the reporter by questioning him if PM Modi’s reply on Demonetisation was from his mind or written of the NoteSheet…
Watch Video Below:
“Was the Notebandi (Demonetisation) answer written on PM Modi’s NoteSheet?”
— Khabar Bar (@Khabar_Bar) May 14, 2019
In October 2017, Gandhi had turned into a weatherman, declaring that a spell of rhetoric would rain down on Gujarat ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the election-bound state.
Gandhi’s dig came amid speculation that PM Modi would announce sops for poll-bound Gujarat. The then Congress vice president also tagged a Hindustan Times report headlined ‘As Gujarat waits for poll date, state gets projects worth nearly Rs 12,500 crore’ with his tweet.
मौसम का हाल:
चुनाव से पहले गुजरात में आज होगी जुमलों की बारिशhttps://t.co/Fwj9UBf1cZ
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) October 16, 2017
Once again in the same month, Gandhi attacked Modi over his claims of growing friendship between India and the United States.
Trump had earlier lashed out at Pakistan, accusing it of “housing the very terrorists that we are fighting”. His criticism of Pakistan came after Modi’s US visit in June. The Prime Minister was photographed hugging Trump, who described Modi as a “true friend”.
Modi ji quick; looks like President Trump needs another hug pic.twitter.com/B4001yw5rg
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) October 15, 2017
In September 2017, adding fuel to the fire at a time when voices within the BJP were speaking out against the policies, Rahul Gandhi posted a well-crafted tweet against Jaitley.
“Ladies & Gentlemen, this is your copilot & FM speaking. Plz fasten your seat belts & take brace position.The wings have fallen off our plane.”
Ladies & Gentlemen, this is your copilot & FM speaking. Plz fasten your seat belts & take brace position.The wings have fallen off our plane https://t.co/IsOA8FQa6u
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) September 27, 2017
In Feb 2019, Gandhi took another jibe on the break down of Vande Bharat Express, exactly a day after it was launched. He quoted:
“Modi ji, i think Make in India needs a serious rethink. Most people feel it has failed. I assure you we in the Congress are thinking very deeply about how it will be done.”
Modi ji, i think Make in India needs a serious rethink. Most people feel it has failed. I assure you we in the Congress are thinking very deeply about how it will be done. https://t.co/3jKBOzEmE3
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) February 16, 2019
Going by the nature and character adopted by Rahul Gandhi while sharing social media posts, did Oxford get it completely wrong by responding to a sarcastic tweet? Perhaps they also overlooke an image of Congress Ad #NYAY on the screen shot shared by Gandhi as well as the broad smiley 🙂 at the end of the same tweet which implicated irony to convey contempt.
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