There was the following passage in New York Times (April 13) article titled, “Philosophy returns to the real world”:
“It was in one of Fish’s seminars that I first read arch-postmodernist, Richard Rorty, He convincingly defended himself against the charge of relativism – I know, having spent hours in his office, trying to make it stick — and yet he maintained that it was useless to talk about the world, or truth. It was impossible, he asserted, to try to describe reality outside of our linguistic practices, to describe it as it would be if it were not being described.”
What does “make it stick” mean here? Does it mean “correct,” “change one’s mind” or “fix the other’s mind rightly”? Is it a popular idiom?
I was unable to get an answer by Googling it.