The Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed President Donald Trump's tax plan earlier this week, President Trump's first major legislative victory after nearly a year in office. And during a bizarre cabinet meeting after the announcement, Mike Pence spent a solid three minutes praising President Trump in a clip that quickly went viral.
Some highlights? Pence said Trump had “unleashed American energy,” “signed more bills rolling back federal red tape than any president in American history,” “restored American credibility on the world stage,” and that the president “got Congress to do what they couldn't do for seven years, in repealing the individual mandate in Obamacare.”
According to the Washington Post, there was a compliment every 12 seconds for three minutes straight. That's a total of 14.
You can probably imagine what the reaction was like online. And Dictionary.com decided to get involved by tweeting out a link of their page on "sycophant."
Their definition? A noun referring to "a self-seeking, servile flatterer; fawning parasite." Synonyms include "toady, yes man, flunky, fawner, [and] flatterer."
This isn't the first time Dictionary.com has attacked the Trump administration. In November, they jokingly announced that "covfefe" was their word of the year, before announcing that it was actually "complicit."
Reaction to their latest burn had been mixed. Several users said that dictionaries should stay out of politics, threatening to boycott the website.
I previously used your website weekly, no more. Businesses should stay out of politics unless they only want half their customer's business.— Fiscal Conservative (@DaedalusMW1) December 21, 2017
Remind me not to use your website ever...oh, you just did...— Random Guy (@rmasters78) December 21, 2017
Only for users to point out that Merriam-Webster isn't much of a fan of the administration either, so they'd be low on options.
Others applauded the Twitter account.
I KNEW there was a reason you guys were my go to resource for spelling... :D— Chris Nesbitt (@nebsmail) December 21, 2017
2017 was the year dictionaries burned politicians.