1‘a circle of fawning civil servants’
obsequious, servile, sycophantic, flattering, ingratiating, unctuous, oleaginous, oily, toadyish, slavish, bowing and scraping, grovelling, abject, crawling, creeping, cringing, prostrate, Uriah Heepish
informal bootlicking, smarmy, slimy, sucky, soapy
North American informal brown-nosing
British vulgar slang arse-kissing, bum-sucking
North American vulgar slang kiss-ass, ass-kissing, suckholing
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.