The ever-eloquent Congress leader and Thiruvananthapuram MP, Shashi Tharoor, found himself at the heart of a linguistic farrago. Devash, a curious fan, embarked on an experiment when he posed a question to ChatGPT, the AI chatbot developed by OpenAI. He asked the bot to channel the spirit of Tharoor and craft “approved” in Thiruvananthapuram MP’s distinctive style.
The result was nothing short of a linguistic spectacle. ChatGPT responded with a paragraph with ornate vocabulary, declaring that in Tharoor’s world, “approved” would be transformed into a symphony of syllables. It would become a phrase adorned with the weight of authority and the majesty of formal endorsement. Here’s the screenshot of the AI’s attempt at writing ‘Approved’ in Tharoorian.
However, the real Shashi Tharoor was having none of it!
In a characteristic display of humility, Shashi Tharoor promptly set the record straight. He revealed that when it came to official approval, he, like most of us, opted for simplicity. “I write ‘approved’!” he proclaimed, putting an end to any notion that he composes official documents like a page from the Bard’s playbook.
Awful. Ask any bureaucrat who has sent me a file. I write “approved”! https://t.co/5RywDMiQfY
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) October 7, 2023
Social media, naturally, erupted with laughter and admiration. One user wryly noted that even a colossal language model like GPT would break a sweat trying to mimic the Tharoorian style. Others chimed in, expecting Shashi to wield his famed grammatical prowess to critique the AI’s composition.
In a world often filled with political polemics and terse debates, Shashi Tharoor reminds us that the power of words, their beauty, and their nuance can still charm and captivate. And if, for a moment, we entertained the notion of “approved” taking on a grandiloquent air, we can always count on Tharoor to set the record straight with his characteristic grace and humor.
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