Do other non-U.S. countries/cultures use the phrase "It's a free country?"
To my best knownledge, this phrase is used in a few ways, and of course Simpsons quotes can be used as examples:
1. To say "yes" to a simple request.
Skinner: Mind if I sit down?
Krabappel: It's a free country.
2. To say that an impossible goal can be achieved.
Dr. Nick: With my diet, you can eat all you want, any time you want.
Marge: And you lose weight?
Dr. Nick: Uh, you might. It's a free country!
3. To state why a person is allowed to do anything they want to.
Lisa: Bart, just get outta here.
Bart: Hey: it's a free country. _You_ get out.
seems to be used often in the United States (it's shown up a few times on AskMe
) but I'm not sure if it's used in other "free" countries. Is there a similar phrase in other nations? I was wondering if the idea of relating essential rights and liberties to trivial things is a uniquely American phenomenon.
So answer if you want to. Or don't. It's a free country.