Tuesday, June 05, 2007


ADHERENT. n. A follower who has not yet obtained all that he expects to get.

2007 Update: A vicarious victim.


Anonymous said...

Adherent: Sticks best by sucking up.

Sar said...

Al - I see you're clearly not an adherent of Teh Penquin as you boldy, albeit cleverly, took the first comment.

Anonymous said...

Bierce's definition can't be bested, I'm not going to try. I am an adherent to the "don't mess with perfection" theory.

Omnipotent Poobah said...

adherent - A sticky substance that binds a person to a decision or position that has been devalued.

Anonymous said...

i keep mulling over various "definitions" of this word but nothing seems to stick. apparently an ADD brain renders one incapable of adherent thought. sigh.

Minka said...

adherent, clingy glue

"I am rubber, you are glue. Whatever you say bounces off of me and sticks to you."?

Minka said...

I am THAT mature!

Kyahgirl said...

just happy to be here....haven't yet obtained all that I expect to get from WA so must keep coming back.

I guess that makes me an adherent but not too sticky.

Anonymous said...

Minka: that's as bad as the comment i almost left, earlier...

Adherent: wig glue?

whew... thank goodness i didn't say it -- not sure i should be adherent to such immature behavior! ; )

Minka said...

A joke I heard while doing my teaching degree:

"Then Jesus took his disciples up the mountain and, gathering them around him, he taught them, saying:

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven
Blessed are the meek
Blessed are they that mourn
Blessed are the merciful
Blessed are they that thirst for justice when persecuted
Blessed are you when you suffer
Be glad and rejoice for your reward is great in heaven

Then Simon Peter said, "Is this going to be on the test?"
And Andrew said, "Do we have to write this down?"
And James said, "How many points is this worth?"
And Phillip said, "Can I borrow a pencil?"
Bartholomew said. "What came after poor?"
And John said, "The other disciples didn't have to learn this!"
Mark said, "I left my notebook at home."
And Matthew went to the bathroom.

One of the Pharisees who was present asked to see Jesus' lesson plan and enquired of Jesus, "Where are your anticipatory set and your objectives in the cognitive domain?"

And Jesus wept."

Guess it isn´t that easy being glued to!

Also: Did you know that "Jesus wept" is the shortest grammatcially correct sentence in the Bible?

We learn every day...


Doug The Una said...

Al, the vacuum of discipleship?

Sar, those who have faith no greater than a mustard seed fear not the bitter.

Quilly, but you don't mind using it in a sentence I see.

Right, Poobah. The value of a dogma falls for every idiot that follows it.

Nothing seems to stick, Neva? I get it.

Minka, I was just going to say that your time with your nephews is well spent.

Kyah, you got loose nicely. Nice to see you back, pal.

Neva, that time I didn't get it.

Minka, is madness in the cognitive domain?

The Old Mule said...

adherent: a quick fix to a shallow cut.

Anonymous said...

oh. maybe that's why i didn't say it in the first place. heh heh.

in my head (where everything i say is funny all the time) i was thinking adherent almost sounded like "adding hair"... and, since adherent also means sticking to something, well... you can see where i took this downhill from there, and wound up with "wig glue".

thank you for pointing out how UN-freaking-funny that was. nothing like embarrassing one of your adherents in front of the others to keep the whole group in line. d'oh!

*shuffles off to corner, sits down on pity pot*

Nessa said...

Puppy: I was thinking along the same lines -

Adherent: Name brand hair tonic.

Minka said...

adherent,n. sidekick...also see: desciple

Jamie Dawn said...

Adherents: Diehard followers vowing their undying support (with their fingers crossed behind their backs). :-)

Anonymous said...

For Puppy & Nessa:

adherent aka Rogaine

Doug The Una said...

Right, Mule. Deep wounds take disciples.

Snups, sometimes your webmaster is a little bit high-friction. Don't mind him.

Interesting, Nessa. So the same word can apply to the customer and the product. It's Hair Club for Men is what is.

Actonbell, a good cat is a bad adherent. I know the currency she tithes in.

Minka, like Ferdinand?

Thanks, Actonbell. It kind of has a John Denver ring to it, doesn't it? I can almost feel the warble.

And speaking of famous JD's, you can trust me, Jamie Dawn. I'm as loyal as a box kite.

Quilly, what are you trying to say? I'm still in Nioxin territory. Well, that and spray paint.

Tom & Icy said...

sticking with the one that feeds us

Anonymous said...

I wish you were an adherent to a certain posting time! When you're late, you mess up my morning routine! Of course, in a couple of days school will be out and it won't matter ....

Doug The Una said...

Icy, a dog is as close to St. Peter as you can get without crucifying upside down.

Sorry, Quill. When I set Wednesday as my creative writing day, it didn't occur to me I'd need to be creative. Still struggling.