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.
via: Getty(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.
Analysis: In Cabinet meeting, Pence praises Trump once every 12 seconds for three minutes straight https://t.co/xbz7cPPTaz— The Washington Post (@The Washington Post)1513802395.0
Dictionary.com, ever the helpful website, decided to comment on Pence's comments.
There's a word for a person who would praise someone every 12 seconds. https://t.co/FlY8TY3fJa #VP #Pence https://t.co/4KMEkV496m— Dictionary.com (@Dictionary.com)1513875167.0
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."
via: Dictionary.comThat is, " As you might imagine, responses to Dictionary.com's epic tweet were, um, mixed...
Many people, including this guy named Neal, were upset that Dictionary.com was "getting political."Because even providing a definition from a dictionary can be a political statement these days. Apparently. Neal then said he'd take his dictionary-ing business elsewhere, to Merriam-Webster.
Yeah, about that, Neal...Merriam-Webster is kinda the OG of trolling politicians with ultra-timely definitions. (A fact that we never thought we'd be writing about in 2017, but here we are!)
Most people, though, were pretty darn impressed.
@Dictionarycom https://t.co/zU5F2H5Qzf— mx_wolf_ (@mx_wolf_)1513881969.0
We love dictionaries!Both for providing much-needed definitions to words we don't know and for refusing to silently watch the world crumble. It may seem small, but Dictionary.com tweeting about the word "sycophant" (and making "complicit" their Word of the Year) is exactly the kind of thing people need to see right now.
As for those of us at 22 Words, we'll keep using Dictionary.com.
@Dictionarycom I just followed you because this and your pinned tweet. finally, a dictionary with a conscience ☺️ #yippeekayyaymutha..— NorthernLala (@NorthernLala)1513914232.0