Hamlet: Do you see yonder cloud that’s almost in shape of a camel?
Polonius: By th’ Mass, and ’tis like a camel, indeed.
Hamlet:: Methinks it is like a weasel.
Polonius: It is backed like a weasel.
Hamlet:: Or like a whale.
Polonius: Very like a whale.
Ms. A mentioned the word “sycophant” in a sms exchange this week. I was immediately reminded of the above lines in the play “Hamlet” that exposed Polonius to be a sycophant, kissing Hamlet’s ass. Apart from the word “sycophant”, a number of words starting with the letter “S” caught my attention this week.
- Sycophant: “a self-seeking, servile flatterer; fawning parasite”, also known as “toady, yes man, fawner, flatterer”.
- Stoic: “unaffected by pleasure or pain; impassive”.
- Symbiotic: “any interdependent or mutually beneficial relationship between two persons, group”, or in “the living together of two dissimilar organisms, as in mutualism or parasitism”.
An example of how to use these words together in a single sentence: “As the sycophant did not want to rock the symbiotic relationship he had with his patron, he remained stoic, even to the pleas of masses.”
Credits: Definitions from dictionary.com or wordwednet.princeton.edu