- The Washington Times - Friday, December 22, 2017

The official Twitter account for Dictionary.com blasted Vice President Mike Pence as a “sycophant” over his praise of President Trump during Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting.

“There’s a word for a person who would praise someone every 12 seconds,” the online dictionary tweeted Thursday, linking to its definition of the word “sycophant.”

The tweet was in response to a Washington Post article saying Mr. Pence “offered 14 separate commendations for Trump in less than three minutes — math that works out to one every 12.5 seconds,” during Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting celebrating the GOP tax bill.

Dictionary.com defines sycophant as “a self-seeking, servile flatterer; fawning parasite,” and provides “toady, yes man, flunky, fawner” and “flatterer” as acceptable synonyms.

The 22-year-old online publication, which lists the Random House Unabridged Dictionary as its proprietary source, describes itself as “the world’s leading digital dictionary.”

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