TANSTAAFL

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Sep 28, 2015 07:31 Japanese English Diary Culture
TANSTAAFL

This word is the abbreviation of "There Ain't No Such Thing As a Free Lunch."
It indicates an acknowledge that in reality a person or a society cannot get "something for nothing."
This phrase came from a Si-Fi novel; The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.
Far from the original novels this phrase was also used to explain a theory in the scientific field.
Isn't it interesting that a fiction made an effect on science?

I remembered this phrase through reading the corrections of my entry on this web site.
The difference of "for free" and "freely" was a little confusing for me.
Furthermore, "disadvantage to doing" was more difficult for me because I understood that I should use an infinitive verb after the adverb "to".
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