For all you either/or, bits and bytes, take it or leave it, coming or going, ones and zeros lovers, the Word Of the Week is
Adjective – consisting of, or affecting, a single element or component; monadic
You just knew that, if there’s the word ‘binary’, for ‘two,’ guys like me mean that there’ll be a “My way or the highway” word for ONE.
Actually, it’s not even a Hobson’s Choice word between a poor option and nothing. It shows a mandatory, single course of action. ‘Free Will’ is an illusion when unary is in town.
In my teens, one day my Mother told me to perform some chore. Trying to show some I’m growing into an adult spunk, I asked, “or else what?” She calmly replied, “There’s no ‘or else’. It needs doing. It’s your job. Do it!”
Much as many of us value our independence, freedom, and options, there are times that life just throws one of these, It’s gotta be done, and there’s only one way to do it curve-balls at us. Now there’s a word for it that you can throw back. 🙄