I have chosen word “liberty” because, in my opinion, it is very
sonorous, bright and proud at the same time. English word
“liberty” derived from Latin word “libertas”. Word “liberty” is used
in the English language approximately from 1375 as a word
resulted from French word “liberté”. Liberty is the greatest value
of people. It is independence, lack of any restrictions.
There is a synonym to “liberty” in the
English language. This is Saxon word
“freedom”. In general “liberty” and
“freedom” can be used as synonyms in
the same situations. However, some
linguists say that word “freedom” has
more individual meaning.
For example, well-known British
philosopher, economist and politician
John Stuart Mill (1806-1873) understood
“liberty” and “freedom” meaning as
follows: “liberty from society” and
“freedom for the purpose of something”.
In our modern world liberty is a
basis а the life (political liberty,
liberty of speech, liberty of
religion, liberty of choice etc.).
independence, existing from
the earliest times up to now,
takes place in different spheres
of our life. People made an idol
of liberty in times past, make it
nowadays and will make it in
For example, the Romans
idolized the goddess Libertе
and decorated her portraits
with copper coins.
Everybody knows the goddess
Britannia (the goddess of
liberty) in the Great Britain.
Britannia is usually shown as a
young woman with Corinthian
helmet on her head, as well as
crested shield and trident in her
hands. There is the National
Armada memorial in Plymouth
depicting Britannia. Britannia is
depicted on a British coins.
“Liberty Enlightening the
World” (in other words
“Statue of Liberty”) is very
well known in the United
States of America. So called
“Lady Liberty” is a proud
symbol of New York. It is a
present of France for 100year
Every inhabitant of France adores
the goddess Marianna. It is
interesting that this goddess is
often shown with the Phrygian cap
on her head (red cap of soft cloth
with upper part sliding forward).
This cap is considered as a symbol
of liberty/revolution and is named
as LIBERTY cap.
One more known "Lady
Liberty" towers in the center
of the capital of Latvia
(Riga). Her name is Milda.
She holds three stars. They
symbolize three parts of
“Your liberty to wave
a hand comes to an end where my
British have a proverb:
Famous Russian thinker and the
revolutionary Mikhail Bakunin
“Liberty of one comes to an end
there where liberty of another
Americans like to quote the
outstanding politicians. So, the third
U.S. President Thomas Jefferson
(1743-1826) told: “Our liberty
depends on the freedom of the
press, and that cannot be limited
without being lost.”
Summing up my work, I take
the liberty of stating that
word “liberty” is one of the most
interesting words in English.
In 2004 the British Council interrogated 40 000 persons from
46 countries and made a top of the most beautiful English
words. “Liberty” took the 9th place.