Forgotten Words

Forgotten Words #12 Lion’s Provider

Lion’s-provider [noun]: Another name for  someone who acts as a tool, or a brown-noser.


Forgotten Words


This week’s forgotten word can drastically impact your insult lexicon.

Never before has calling someone a suck up sounded as epic as this. Not only, by calling someone a lion’s-provider, are you calling them a suck up, but you’re also insinuating, in part, that they are willing to offer their own life to appease their lion/boss. It’s like the Shakespearean version of a suck up.


‘I didn’t think boss was wrong for firing Lou. His productivity was down three percent.’

Quit being a lion’s-provider. You’re not impressing anyone here.’


Kacirk, Jeffrey. The Word Museum: The Most Remarkable English Ever Forgotten. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000. 113. Print.