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What’s floccinaucinihilipilification? ask RBI

Nabanita Dutta

News Editor

RBI governor Shaktikanta Das has many people to look for dictionaries when he used the word 'Floccinaucinihilipilification' in his speech to describe the economic growth of the country, in the recent monetary policy committee meeting. According to the Oxford dictionary, it is an 18th-century word to describe the action of estimating something as worthless. The expression also refers to a satirical French character by Voltaire.