“I can’t afford it,” is a phrase that has come to mean something different than the words strung together actually mean.
“afford |əˈfôrd| verb [ with obj. ] *
1 (CAN/could afford) have enough money to pay for:
the best that I could afford was a first-floor room | [ with infinitive ] :
we could never have afforded to heat the place.
• have (a certain amount of something, esp. money or time) available or to spare:
it was taking up more time than he could afford.
ORIGIN late Old English geforthian, from ge- + forthian ‘to further,’ from forth.
The original sense was ‘promote, perform, accomplish,’
later ‘manage, be in a position to do.’”
“I can’t afford it,” actually means:
- You have not enough money to procure that which you desire or need, OR
- You have not enough time to spend toward a given activity.
It has been co-opted by people with money, and I am not sure why. They use it when saying that they are choosing to do this over that. “I can’t afford to repair my grandmother’s bed for $1,500. BTW, did I tell you I will be going to Greece for a month? I needed a little ‘me’ time!” When did it become a thing to say, instead of saying the truth, “I would rather spend my money on going to Greece for a month.”
Do they do this to align with the 99%?
Do they do this because they are ashamed to have the luxury of making choices?
What, oh what, is the purpose of this lie?
And it is a lie, a not-very-little lie, and like all lies, it causes me to be less interested in them on any level, because lying separates, all lies separate. Do these people think we are all stupid and don’t track that they made a choice, and they can afford, but choose not to spend?
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* From my Mac’s dictionary, with meanings removed which had no place in the post.