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Old 12-27-2019, 02:55 AM   #2176
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Originally Posted by ondoho View Post
A much used phrase, esp. when it comes to online service providers.

But the analogy doesn't work for me, at all.
There is such a thing as free lunch. Charity and hospitality have always been part of human society. And while the former might be largely institutionalised and the latter on the decline, they definitely still exist.

I guess what most people really want to say when they use that phrase is sth like: "Please do look the gift horse in the mouth!" Being free doesn't necessarily mean there's no strings attached.
Yes. Heinlein’s not talking about the meal. Harshaw is, in fact, quite generous and charitable ’tho he doesn’t suffer fools lightly.
The phrase is exactly about the presence of “strings”
 
Old 01-12-2020, 09:30 AM   #2177
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