03 February 2005

Spare a thought for the word “liberal”.  As Alex Singleton points out it is a term of abuse on both sides of the Atlantic.  What other word can claim that dubious distinction?  Alex reckons we should attempt to recapture it’s original meaning ie current French one.  I always feel a bit uneasy about that though.  According to Antoine (ie this one’s boyfriend) the original meaning of “liberal” was someone who was generous with his own money.  Only recently has it come to mean someone who is generous with other people’s money.

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