Tether (n.): a teether that has lost one of its teeth.
I frown and type again.
Teether, (n.): one who has teeth, esp. infants or infantile cats.
I look down and see my cat curled up against my stool. A minute later, a disgruntled tabby goes streaking down the hallway, mouth sore from meddling human fingers.
So. Alice isn’t a tether – although he is infantile and seems to be teething all the time. Perching back on my stool, I don’t know if I’m relieved at my cat’s absence of conditions or disappointed at my possession of an ordinary cat. I try again.
Infant, (n.): one who is in the stage of development.
Might I say that I am an infant? Isn’t my desk at this very moment strewn with self-help tomes, covers plastered with smiling folks with the smug knowledge that they had passed from that stage of infancy?
I had also lost several of my teeth to cavities.
Well then: so I am tethers.