Share This Page Tweet. Bootlicker is used in the noun form; yes-man; sycophant, if you don't object to the high formality of the word. It's hard to draw the line where flattery becomes unethical. I wonder if its because I'm the only one not brownnosing him all the time. Why merely call him a suck up, when you couldwax eloquent and say: In fact, these are often the smartest if not the most mature or productive options. Not to do any bootlicking, but I fully agree with toady being the best word, isn't it BE only, though?
Stage a group "intervention" if the suck-up's behavior is making everyone else look bad or if it becomes malicious and threatens to hurt professional reputations. The difference between brown nosing and communication is brown nosing usually has a significant dose of gratuitous flattery. If the suck-up is fairly obvious, chances are good that other co-workers share your annoyance with this obsequious "boss's pet" wannabe. Make the boss look good through substantive contributions. How to Follow Up on a Job Application.
But the brownnoser doesn't see it that way -- on the contrary, he or she is admirably devoted to a superior -- making dealing with the annoyance tricky [source: I'd appreciate your help!! C onfronting the colleague won't work, and complaining to the object of all that flattery can easily backfire. Please how would you refer to a person who sucks up to their boss? Thank you for your understanding. So you go in with knowledge and background: Hopefully brownnosing isn't quite this common in your office.