"gratuitous" = 'free' ?

Tom Zurinskas truespel at HOTMAIL.COM
Sat Apr 18 05:51:01 UTC 2009


To me the word "gratuitous" means "free".  This is my gratuitous opinion.



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> Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2009 11:52:08 -0400
> From: thnidu at GMAIL.COM
> Subject: Re: "gratuitous" = 'free' ?
> To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
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> Sender: American Dialect Society
> Poster: Mark Mandel
> Subject: Re: "gratuitous" = 'free' ?
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> Thanks, everyone, for the quick and helpful responses. It seems clear,
> then, that the "free of charge" meaning is obsolescent in
> non-specialist use. For the purposes of this lexicon, I'll recommend
> not using "gratuitous" in that sense at all.
>
> --
> Mark Mandel
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