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Rahul Gandhi’s ‘Modilie’ Backfires; Publisher Of Oxford English Dictionary Calls Out Tweet

Rahul Gandhi’s ‘Modilie’ Backfires; Publisher Of Oxford English Dictionary Calls Out Tweet

Rahul Gandhi’s attempt at satire backfires. Gets schooled by the publisher of the Oxford English Dictionary who calls his ‘Modilie’ tweet fake.


Oxford University Press, publisher of Oxford Dictionaries, replied to a tweet by Congress President Rahul Gandhi calling out his bluff that a new word “Modilie” had been included in the English dictionary.

Gandhi had tweeted on May 15, 2019 a morphed screenshot of Oxford Dictionaries’ website including their logo.

The tweet, that was political satire, showed the definition and usage of the word ‘Modilie’ – a mashup of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s surname and the word ‘lie’.

Screenshot of the deleted tweet

The screenshot also included an ad for the Indian National Congress’s ‘Nyay’ scheme.

A simple search on the website showed it was not true.

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Screenshot of search results for ‘Modilite’ on Oxford Dictionaries’ website

Gandhi later deleted the tweet following flak from the prime minister’s supporters who tagged Oxford Dictionaries’ official Twitter handle.

He again tweeted about Modilie but this time with a screenshot that did not include Oxford’s name.

But Oxford University Press’ handle replied to the new tweet saying it was fake and that none of its dictionaries included the word.

That reply alone has received over 20,000 Likes and over 13,000 retweets at the time of writing this story.

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