Is it barefoot or barefooted?

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asked Dec 22, 2021 in Words & Wordplay by 5kasevid (1,000 points)
Is it barefoot or barefooted?

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answered Dec 22, 2021 by Sand&Salt (2,940 points)
The correct way to say it is both barefooted and barefoot depending on the situation.

If you are not wearing anything on your feet, then you have BARE FEET (two words). If you choose to walk down to the pond at the end of the road without anything on your feet, you are going BAREFOOT or BAREFOOTED (one word).

You can go barefoot in New Zealand as it's seen as publicly acceptable in New Zealand to go barefoot as long as the weather is nice.

Many people in NZ do like to walk around without shoes.

This wouldn't be regarded as correct attire in an office.

But kids often shed footwear as soon as they arrive at school.

It is okay to go barefoot whether inside or outside.

However walking barefoot outside may lead to you stepping on a thorn or something sharp outside and getting injured.

However other than that it's perfectly safe to walk around barefoot and many do so without any issues with myself included.

I hate wearing shoes and prefer to go barefoot as much as possible.

Our feet are not meant to be cooped up in shoes all the time and we need to let our feet rest from shoes.

A disease that you can get when walking around barefoot is Hookworm.

In rare cases you can get a Hookworm Infection from walking around barefoot but it's rare that you will get the Hookworm infection but it's still possible.

People have been walking around barefoot for thousands of years before shoes were invented and they were just fine.

Hookworms are intestinal, blood-feeding, parasitic roundworms that cause types of infection known as helminthiases.

Hookworm infection is found in many parts of the world, and is common in areas with poor access to adequate water, sanitation, and hygiene.

Hookworm infection is mainly acquired by walking barefoot on contaminated soil.

One kind of hookworm can also be transmitted through the ingestion of larvae.

Most people infected with hookworms have no symptoms.

Walking barefoot also exposes our feet to bacterial and fungal organisms that can infect the skin and nails.

These organisms can lead to infections that change the appearance, odor, and comfort of the foot, such as athlete's foot or fungus.

However in most cases walking around barefoot will cause you no harm.

It's actually more sanitary to walk around barefoot than it is to walk with shoes on.

Somehow people have the idea that bare feet are unsanitary or unsafe.

There is no rational reason to support this myth: The rubber soles of shoes, full of crevices, hold far more dirt and bacteria than the smooth bottom of a foot.

Most dirt that does get on your feet gets brushed off in a few steps.

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