This makes my friend (Lauren O., in northeastern Ohio) crazy, and me too.
- FRUIT: $1.00 or complementary w/lunch sandwich
Let’s just sort this out here and now, once and for all:
- complimentary — free, gratis (or even admiring! — you receive a complimentary note from a fan)
- complementary — balancing, making whole, interdependent. (If you’re enjoying an Italian meal, red wine is complementary. In fact, it’s complementary even if you’re not enjoying the meal. Because red wine is more or less… eh, never mind.)
(Yes, you may now send an admiring note from a fan.)