4 thoughts on “The difference between a frog and a toad(y)

  1. Pedant says:

    toady (n.) “servile parasite,” 1826, apparently shortened from toad-eater “fawning flatterer” (1742), originally (1620s) “the assistant of a charlatan,” who ate a toad (believed to be poisonous) to enable his master to display his skill in expelling the poison. The verb is recorded from 1827. Related: Toadied; toadying. https://www.etymonline.com/word/toady
    lickspittle (n.) also lick-spittle, “sycophant, abject toady, one who will do any repulsive thing,” 1741, from lick (v.1) + spittle. Phrase lick the spittle as a repulsive act is from 1640s. https://www.etymonline.com/search?q=lickspittle

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