Proverbs regarding adulation, complimenting excessively, false praise, flattery, grovelling, honeyed words, sweet talk, etc.
Excessively complimenting sombody is occasionally given with a positive intent, but such false praise is usually for the purpose of ingratiating oneself with the subject.
With these proverbs, we see how a blessing becomes a curse. The flatterer has already deceived or is about to deceive. Wise people are not moved by flattery, nor do they dispense flattery to themselves or others.
Adulation and applause can be subtle forms of flattery. More open flattery includes sycophancy, bootlicking (or licking something else!) and toadyism.
'Toadyism' originates from the 17th century, when a charlatan would miraculously cure his assistant who had swallowed poison. The audience would be informed the assistant was eating a poisonous toad (perhaps actually blackened bread shaped like a toad) pretend to suffer a seizure, and then be cured by the master's magic powers. Today, so-called magic powers are infused into talismans such as the Healing Cross and the Cross of Hope.
The terms 'sweet talk' and 'honeyed words' originate from Prov. 5:3