I'm trying to describe the connection between two 'concepts' information literacy and information technology.

I want to use a word that emphasises the strength of the bond between them. I want a word that carries a metaphorical sense that trying to pull or tug the bond will be unsuccessful. This pull/tug aspect is important to my context because [please fill this part in].

I've thought about using inseparable, or in-extractable, but neither of these stress the forceful 'pull' or 'tugging' aspect. I tried searching for synonyms of inseparable and in-extractable, but the results weren't exactly what I was looking for because [some examples of synonyms that don't work here].

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    Why do you need to stress the forceful "pull" or "tugging" aspect? Inseparable implies that you cannot separate it by any means. That includes tugging and pulling and chainsawing and driving a semi through it. What is it about tugging that you specifically need to mention it over chainsawing? – RegDwigнt Sep 10 '14 at 10:02
  • I wonder whether you’re looking for two things’ atomicity, without which race conditions and other timing matters become problematic. – tchrist Sep 10 '14 at 11:38

Inextricable comes to mind

incapable of being disentangled or untied an inextricable knot

Source: Merriam-Webster

@Bib suggests inextricably bound

  • And the downvote is for??? – mplungjan Sep 10 '14 at 12:01

bonded, as in 'family bonds':

ODO on bonded

1.1 Emotionally or psychologically linked:
a strongly bonded group of females

See the article on Human Bonding on Wikipedia:

Human bonding is the process of development of a close, interpersonal relationship. It most commonly takes place between family members or friends,1 but can also develop among groups, such as sporting teams and whenever people spend time together. Bonding is a mutual, interactive process, and is different from simple liking.


To be honest I think a colorful phrase like:

difficult to pull apart

may be your best bet.

Really, the following sentence

Information literacy and information technology are difficult to pull apart.

...is a very fine sentence. It's what Churchill would say.

Always try to say exactly what you mean. Forget about fancy words.

That sentence is so good, it would be excellent to begin your article with.

That being said, inextricably bound is the everyday, usual phrase here that everyone uses when they want to sound like they are using a fancy word, think they are talking French or whatever.

Information literacy and information technology are inextricably bound.

Hope it helps.

  • Well, the aforementioned "two concepts" are information literacy and information technology; I know, not strictly "concepts," but I am thinking conceptually for the purposes of an assignment. I think the word "stickyness" which you mention above is what I had envisioned in my mind when I posted the question. Anyway, I hope that clears things up! – user90720 Sep 10 '14 at 12:24

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