Question:

Where does the word freelance come from?

15 October, 2021 Margarett Pecora 6

Answers (6):

  • AUTHOR: BRANDON SCHROEDER
    17 October, 2021

    It's difficult to say where the word originally came from, but people often trace it back to a medieval concept by which knights and aristocrats would hold fiefdoms they could work for themselves. From this they acquired the ability to "freely" work on commissions for different lords and knights as need be, jobs that usually brought them into conflict with each other. However, the classic definition is based around someone who works or sells goods on their own behalf as opposed to an individual who works according to another's instructions. This means that freelancing is about making one's living in any way possible.

  • AUTHOR: JOHN KUCERA
    17 October, 2021

    The first definition for freelance is to work as a writer or artist outside the usual framework of a company. This word has been around since 1912 but was initially frowned upon because it came from zupping, which meant "a euphemism for stealing goods". The word freelancer emerged as a more professional term evolved out of the old meaning to mean the same business. It comes from French, where it means "to be idle.". In everyday language, freelancing often describes those who hold themselves out as ready and willing to do any kind of odd job- sometimes even to do unpleasant or illegal things-for a paycheck.

  • AUTHOR: PETER REDNER
    17 October, 2021

    The word "freelance" comes from a medieval English word meaning one's own thing. The term started being used with the additional meaning of a mercenary warrior in the 17th century. In 1852, Charles Goodyear gave his employees an option to go freelance by paying them with a portion of profits rather than a weekly salary. In 1859, Abraham Lincoln signed into law its usage in respect to Civil War bounty claimants who were not drafted into military service but afterward claimed that they had been mistakenly omitted from coverage by newer legislation reinstating bounties for drafted persons and bounty recipients who died between 1862 and 1865.

  • AUTHOR: LUZ SERNA
    17 October, 2021

    In medieval times, tradespeople often travelled from town to town to get work. They were sponsored by a merchant who provided them with food and other necessities until the craftsman finished the job. When a traveller was ready to leave, thank you letters would be sent back to their sponsor for gifts received during their stay. These letters were known as "résumés" or "resumes", a derivation of Modern Latin resumere which means "to resume".

  • AUTHOR: ZACHARY KLEMP
    17 October, 2021

    The word freelance comes from the Middle English term meaning "freloun," which in turn came from a French phrase meaning "speaking freely." In essence, freelancers are people who can talk freely because they're not bound by constraints of a specified employer. In the olden days, when they were associated with dodgy practices such as tax-avoidance and defaulting on debts, this was expressed in the phrase "freelancing under false pretenses." Nowadays it simply means a person is my own boss--they take self-employed work for multiple clients instead of working exclusively for one company.

  • AUTHOR: ROBERT DAMRON
    17 October, 2021

    The word freelance (from the Middle English freelen) derives from Old North French words related to Old English freol. The idea of self-employment is traced back to classical Greek times. The term "freelancer" seems to have come into popular use for this concept in 1980s, with rapid growth of freelancing on internet (including on craigslist) in 1990s and 2000s. More than one-third of American workers are expected to be freelancers by 2020!