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Here’s something interesting. The New Penguin English Dictionary (1986) has only one definition for adjutant. The New Oxford American Dictionary, which comes bundled with Apple’s OS/X operating system, has two definitions for adjutant.

OK. I admit it. That wasn’t really all that interesting, but I had to come up with something here to fill in the space.

The definition they agree on is a military officer who serves as an assistant to another officer. Under this definition, an adjutant is responsible for managing a senior officer’s correspondence and for ensuring that the senior officer’s orders are executed. In non-military speak I think we’d call that a gofer. However, I’ve never served in the military, so I may be wrong about that.

The New Oxford American Dictionary says that an adjutant is also “a large black-and-white stork with a massive bill and a bare head and neck, found in India and Southeast Asia.”

Found in India and Southeast Asia? Huh? I didn’t know it had ever been lost. Hell, I didn’t know it even existed until now, yet it’s already been lost and found.

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