A sycophant* will everything admire:
sets his soul on fire.
Yet there was none of the SYCOPHANT* or fawner in Billings;
ordinarily I do not wax enthusiastic about men,
but this man Billings comes as close to my conception
of what a regular man should be as any I have ever met.
edgar rice burroughs
1530–40; < L sȳcophanta < Gk sȳkophántēs informer,
equiv. to sŷko(n) fig + phan- (s. of phaínein to show) + -tēs agentive suffix
toady, yes man, flunky, fawner, flatterer
*now Appearing in the little augury mail box
always-remarks about the author of little augury and her failings will be printed, however remarks about my readers and theirs are not.