Nice word but with an even more fascinating origin
You may know that 'sycophant' means someone who flatters another person, possibly insincerely and probably to gain favour with them. But did you know the fasinating origin of this word? It comes from the Greek and its literal meaning is 'fig shower' - that's 'shower' to rhyme with 'mower' not 'hour'.
Apparently, there was a vulgar gesture used by the ancient Greeks that they referred to as the fig. I will leave you to imagine it. If you showed someone the fig it indicated that you thought they were an informer, providing information to the authorities about people who were stealing fruit.
It may be me getting confused, but if the sycophant was the fig shower, surely the meaning has reversed over the years?