Free

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: 


Jacket image of the Compact Oxford English 
Dictionary

 

free

  • 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
make available.

  — 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
proper respect.

  — DERIVATIVES freeness
noun.

  — 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? 

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About Alan

Settling into my 7th decade and still determined not to grow up too soon.
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One Response to Free

  1. Glenn says:

    Gee Allan,I didn’t know you knew so many Chinese teenys.However-I can see using the word as "a degree of freeness is desireable…"but would probably use "freedom" in most instances.A good one to be aware of.As Max Cryer would say "Useage is not predictable"

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