The term was first used by Sir Walter Scott 1771โ€“1832 in Ivanhoe to describe a “medieval mercenary warrior” or “free-lance” indicating that the lance is not sworn to any lords services, not that the lance is available free of charge.[1] It changed to a figurative noun around the 1860s and was recognized as a verb in 1903 by authorities in etymology such as the Oxford English Dictionary. Only in modern times has the term morphed from a noun a freelance into an adjective a freelance journalist, a verb a journalist who freelances and an adverb she worked freelance, as well as into the noun “freelancer.”

via Freelancer – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

This entry was posted on Monday, January 10th, 2011 and is filed under rant. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

Comments are closed.