I was going to write an essay on the way people make free with the meaning of "free" . I particularly object to the free use of this word in conjunction with special offers that imply one can gain something for no charge whatsoever, when in fact there is a cost. I was going to write another pointless tirade.
Naturally the first thing I did was look up the meaning of the word in the Oxford:
• adjective (freer, freest) 1
not under the control or in the power of another. 2 permitted to
take a specified action. 3 not or no longer confined, obstructed,
or fixed. 4 not subject to engagements or obligations. 5
not occupied or in use. 6 (free of/from) not subject to or
affected by. 7 available without charge. 8 generous or
lavish. 9 frank and unrestrained. not subject to the
normal conventions; improvised. (of a translation or
interpretation) conveying only the broad sense; not literal.
adverb without cost or payment.
• verb (frees,
freed, freeing) 1 make free; release. 2
— PHRASES free and
easy informal and relaxed. a free hand freedom to act
completely as one wishes. a free ride a situation in which
someone benefits without having to make a fair contribution. the free
world the non-communist countries of the world, as formerly opposed
to the Soviet bloc. make free with treat without ceremony or
— DERIVATIVES freeness
— ORIGIN Old English, related to FRIEND.
FREENESS? I have never seen, nor had occasion to use such a word. Nor is there any need for it. WTF? What happened to freedom?