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freeModern Newspeak* has perverted the word free into its antonym. Considering what “free” really means, I wholeheartedly agree with those who adore free education, free food, free healthcare and all other forms of a free lunch.

To them I say, “TANSTAAFL“.

FREE – Synonyms
autonomous, freestanding, independent, self-governed, self-governing, self-ruling, separate, sovereign

Related Words

freeborn; delivered, emancipated, freed, liberated, manumitted, redeemed, released; unconquered, unruled, unsupervised; empowered, enfranchised

Near Antonyms

bound, captive, conquered, enslaved, fettered, subdued, subjugated; inferior, subordinate, subservient

* Newspeak Wikipedia definition * George Orwell’s definition

Look at the full definition of “free”. The one below is from I encourage you to look it up in a real paper, hardbound dictionary of respectable size. You will find nearly 30 meanings for the word with only one suggesting that free is some controlling agency doling out favors with so many stings attached the favors look like a fly caught in a spider web.

Full Definition of FREE
a : having the legal and political rights of a citizen
b : enjoying civil and political liberty
c : enjoying political independence or freedom from outside domination
d : enjoying personal freedom : not subject to the control or domination of another
a : not determined by anything beyond its own nature or being : choosing or capable of choosing for itself
b : determined by the choice of the actor or performer
c : made, done, or given voluntarily or spontaneously
a : relieved from or lacking something and especially something unpleasant or burdensome — often used in combination
b : not bound, confined, or detained by force
a : having no trade restrictions
b : not subject to government regulation
c of foreign exchange : not subject to restriction or official control
a : having no obligations (as to work) or commitments
b : not taken up with commitments or obligations
: having a scope not restricted by qualification
a : not obstructed, restricted, or impeded
b : not being used or occupied
c : not hampered or restricted in its normal operation
a : not fastened b : not confined to a particular position or place
c : capable of moving or turning in any direction
d : performed without apparatus
e : done with artificial aids (as pitons) used only for protection against falling and not for support
a : not parsimonious
b : outspoken
c : availing oneself of something without stint
d : frank, open
e : overly familiar or forward in action or attitude
f : licentious
: not costing or charging anything
a (1) : not united with, attached to, combined with, or mixed with something else : separate (2) : freestanding
b : chemically uncombined
c : not permanently attached but able to move about
d : capable of being used alone as a meaningful linguistic form — compare 5bound 7
a : not literal or exact
b : not restricted by or conforming to conventional forms
: favorable —used of a wind blowing from a direction more than six points from dead ahead
: not allowing slavery
: open to all comers
— free·ness noun
— for free
: without charge