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Freelance: Origin of the Term & Sir Walter Scott 

Sir Walter ScottThe term freelance, meaning a "self-employed person," is a term with an interesting past. The original freelances were medieval Italian (condottiere) and French (compagnies grandes) knights, free men who would sell their skills with the lance to any master, whether his cause was good or bad.

The name freelance for these knights was invented by Sir Walter Scott in Ivanhoe (1820).

Freelance doesn't seem to have been applied to writers until about 60 years later.

Reader Comments (2)

thats good to know. lol since i do alot of that !!!! thanks for posting jinxi u rock!!

June 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGinger

that is interesting. I always thought that was kind of what it meant, but I wasn't exactly sure if it was different from self-employed somehow. Where do you get all this information?

June 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLisa
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