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A friend once told me, when you're lost you're liberal and when you're liberal you can go anywhere

Is "liberal" used properly here?

  • Do you have context for the sentence? It definitely isn't right but the intended meaning isn't obvious - my instinct is they mean "liberated" but I'd rather not assume. – Alan T. Oct 25 '18 at 19:27
  • It's impossible to say: liberal is what we call a loaded word. But it looks pretty iffy in that sentence. Kind of silly. – Lambie Oct 25 '18 at 20:39
  • Well, that was the context '' hey, I'm lost. Then she Said '' when you're lost you're liberal and when you're liberal you can go anywhere'' so I do believe she meant to usr it as free and opened, and that makes the question now, can we actually use liberal in context instead of free and opened? – Muhamed Hekal Oct 25 '18 at 21:08
  • Perhaps it should be at liberty. (Although even that would be a bit odd—because being lost implies nothing like that.) But I can't think of any context where liberal would make sense. Barring anything further, I would say that liberal is definitely not being used properly. – Jason Bassford Oct 25 '18 at 21:33
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"liberal" normally means "politically liberal" - the exact connotations of this vary from one country to another: the Liberals are a centrist party in the UK, whereas "liberal" is used to describe the left wing of the Democratic Party in the USA. Other meanings of "liberal" can be checked in a dictionary.

I suspect the correct word to use would be "free". This can mean "at liberty" (which would be a possible alternative.)

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