Identify the correct meaning of the following phrase- A job without salary a) Free service b) Honorary c) Voluntary d) Amateur
Hint: ‘Honorary’ refers to a title that is given to a person working in an organization, without the usual incentives, salary and benefits.
Complete answer: As given in the hint, ‘honorary’ is a title or position that is generally given to a person out of respect or honour without any payment. A job without salary refers to an honorary title. Let’s look at its usage- Example- My aged father is the honorary chairman of our company. Here, we can conclude that X’s aged father holds the position of the chairman and he isn’t paid a salary for it. Now, let’s examine the given options- Option a- ‘Free service’ refers to the action of working or helping someone without any charges. Example- The mechanic offered us a free service for the damaged part. ‘Free service’ is different in meaning to the given phrase. Hence, it is an incorrect option. Option b- ‘Honorary’ refers to a job title given to a person, without any salary or benefits. Example- She is the honorary treasurer of the society. ‘Honorary’ is similar in meaning to the given phrase. Hence, it is the correct option. Option c- ‘Voluntary’ refers to working without payment with one’s own wish. Example- We have seen many voluntary helpers at the campaign. ‘Voluntary’ is different in meaning to the given phrase. Hence, it is an incorrect option. Option d- ‘Amateur’ refers to a person who follows a specific thing as a fan or devotee. Example- My son is an amateur driver. ‘Amateur’ is different in meaning to the given phrase. Hence, it is an incorrect option. So, the correct answer is “Option b”.
Note: Both ‘voluntary’ and ‘honorary’ have the same meaning but ‘honorary’ is a specific job title given in an organization out of respect, whereas ‘voluntary’ refers to an action performed on one’s will.