sycophant \SIK-uh-fuhnt\ , noun:
- A person who attempts to win favor by flattering people of wealth or influence; a parasite; a toady.
Origin: Sycophant derives from Greek sukophantes, "an accuser (especially a false accuser) or rogue," fromsukon, "fig" + phantes, "one who shows," from phainein, "to show."
- Work-safe and broadcast-safe synonym of bullshit.
Person 2: "Yeah, whatever, that's a load of 'bullshine'!"
- The Charge of the Light Brigade: the British assaulted Russian forces during the Battle of Balaclava, which was commemorated in a poem by Tennyson (1854)
- Battle of Leyte Gulf: one of the largest naval battles in history took place between the US and Japan as the US invaded the Philippines (1944)
- United Nations: voted mainland China in, Taiwan out (1971)
- Operation Urgent Fury: the US invaded Grenada in response to the execution of Prime Minister Maurice Bishop (1983)
- Taffy Danoff (Starland Vocal Band) 1944
- Glen Tipton (Judas Priest) 1948
- Brian Kerwin 1949
- Matthais Jabs (The Scorpions) 1955
- Nancy Cartwright 1957
- Mark Miller (Sawyer Brown) 1958
- Nick Thorp (Curiosity Killed the Cat) 1958