LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||08/JUL/2008 11:59 AM|
Bruno, it's more complicated than that.
In most contexts, "freak" is offensive, but certainly not in all. I collect belt buckles. Years ago I was called "a belt buckle freak". It didn't mean I had six heads and feet like a crocodile. It merely meant that I was very interested in belt buckles. "Help yourself" and "Make yourself at home" can be expressed "Freak out" when talking with good friends. Clearly, there is nothing negative about the phrase.
You can have a weird sense of humor, but I've never heard of a freak sense of humor. The title of the film "Freaky Friday" could have been "Weird Friday". I guess "freaky" sounded "more hip".
Not easy. Take a look at a good dictionary and you'll see what I mean.
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