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A WORD IN THE HAND: FREE

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A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

Deputy features editor: Sunday Times

Since today is Freedom Day it seems appropriate – if a bit sadly ironic, given the physical and financial shackles weighing so many people down – to reflect on what “free” really means.

If we go back to its etymological inception, the word “free” sprang from the loins of other words that in various ancient languages meant affection, peace, friendship or (mostly) just plain old love.

From its dearly beloved roots, free grew to mean “not in bondage” or “acting of one’s own will”, the sense in which it is still understood today. ..

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