Here's an introduction:
- I love the word precious. It's a wonderful word when you say it to your wife but I wanted to say that she is not simply precious but there just doesn't exist a price to pay for her. Since she can't be sold she is the most precious one.
So, it was awkward when my wife who knows English a lot worse than I do got angry to hear this, "Honey, you're priceless!"
I may have said it without the ! emotion but I intended to say that she is 'precious' and not 'free'.
So the question is: can "priceless" ever mean "free of charge"?