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Did people forget what words really mean?

on February 6, 2016

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I recently got a text offer that I could get a FREE download from AMC Theaters. They even put FREE in all caps. I know that many companies use these same tactics, but this is the most recent one I got and it really got me thinking. I thought ‘Alright, let’s see what this download is, if I want it, and what the details are.’ It turns out, you receive the “free” download after you purchase tickets for their most recent blockbuster.

So you’re telling me that if I purchase something from you, you will give me something? That’s not free! That’s tit for tat; you help me, I help you.

I thought free meant that literally I have to give you absolutely nothing and I receive something.

Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary defines free as “not costing any money; not held as a slave or prisoner; not physically held by something.

Am I missing something? When did it become the norm to call things free and require a payment?

I do understand the point they are trying to make, that you are only paying for a ticket and receiving an extra thing, but if you wouldn’t receive the extra without any purchase, it is not defined as free.

What do you think? Has the definition of free changed or do you see the extra as a free item?

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