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Old 10-07-2006, 02:16 PM   #1
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Nearly everyone nowadays attaches a gratuitous 'for' to 'free' in the sense of gratis, for nothing. Is was, once, a mild witticism to say 'for free', just as I and a few thousand other youths thought it clever to say, 'Free, gratis, and for nothing'. But I grew out of it: I wish others would, and choose free, gratis, or for nothing, and not 'for free'.

   
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As much as prefacing a gratuitous 'for', what irritates me is that 'free' is typically used in place of 'at no additional cost'; the cost of the 'free' item/service has been bundled in with the principal purchase. Were it truly 'free' then one could ask for it independent of any purchase.
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If we want to catalog the sins for “free” we might add “free gift” — my personal nails-on-the-blackboard offender.

   
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I quite like its "For Free" it separates it from really free - its a nudge nudge wink wink statement - its like "They chucked it in for nuffing"
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we might add “free gift”
There's that too! Perhaps we should be thankful that not many people give 'gifts for free'.

   
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MIchael - unfortunatly people now think that to be satisfied that u , as a supplier have performed well, u have to provide more than they wanted.
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