When you're a public figure, you know you're gonna get flak from some haters every now and again. Even J.K. Rowling has to deal with Twitter trolls. No public figure — beloved or reviled — is safe. We even get a get our own fair share of salty comments on 22 Words. Not that it hurts our feelings, or anything (*wipes tear*). Anyway, you expect to get trolled by people, but you might not expect the dictionaries to come for you. But that's exactly what happened after Vice President Mike Pence was very flattering toward Donald Trump during a recent cabinet meeting.
Pence and Trump might not see eye-to-eye on everything, but the two men are cut from the same cloth.
(The same racist, homophobic, sexist cloth. Cloth you might expect to see draped over your grandma’s old, dusty furniture that nobody likes, but which somehow ended up in the house anyway.)
So it probably comes as no surprise that in a recent cabinet meeting, Mike Pence spoke very highly of President Trump.
Over the course of 3 minutes, Pence paid Trump a total of 14 compliments. That’s one compliment every 12.5 seconds.
That is a nearly unfathomable amount of compliments to pay any person, but it’s especially impressive when the person you’re complimenting literally just joked about a congressman losing weight after being shot.
Among Pence’s compliments were the statements, “You’ve unleashed American energy” and “You’ve spurred an optimism in this country that’s setting records.”
We would say something very funny about these comments, but we are too busy gagging.
Dictionary.com, ever the helpful website, decided to comment on Pence's comments.
They saw an opportunity to educate people, and they took it.
“There’s a word for a person who would praise someone every 12 seconds,” Dictionary.com said.
Ooh! Ooh! We know this one!
Alas, “buttkisser” was not the word Dictionary.com went with.
(Although we contend it would have been just as correct.)
No, instead, Dictionary.com shared a link to the definition of "sycophant."
That is, “
As you might imagine, responses to Dictionary.com’s epic tweet were, um, mixed…