Trivia

Hard

In The Original Usage, “Freelancers” Were?

Chaplains
Traveling Doctors
Boar Hunters
Mercenaries

Answer: Mercenaries

Today, we use the term “freelancer” to refer to an individual who works on their own terms and completes contract work or per-piece work for a variety of organizations instead of working for an hourly or salaried wage for a single employer. A travel writer who submits articles to Travel + Leisure, AFAR, Outside, and the New York Times, but is not a staff member of any of those particular publications, is performing freelance work. The same meaning carries across multiple industries with a strong focus on freelancing in creative industries like writing, graphic design, and so on.

The original freelancers weren’t artists, however, but mercenaries. The term came into use in the early 1800s to refer to medieval mercenaries—literally “free lances”, or soldiers free of commitment to a particular country that worked for whoever offered the best pay. The first written example of the phrase “free lances” appears in the 1819-1820 novel Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott. After that appearance, the term not only grew in rapid use as a reference to mercenaries, but also took on new meanings.

In the 1800s, it wouldn’t be unusual to refer to an unaffiliated politician or an independent worker as a “freelancer”. Over time, the term changed slightly in that the political connotation was dropped and the word now functions both as a noun (someone can be a freelancer) and a verb (you can freelance).

Trivia

Hard

What Type Of Auction Ends After The First Bid?

Trivia

Hard

Which TV Show Was Originally Pitched As “Wagon Train to the Stars”?

Trivia

Easy

A Deadly Wave Of What Swept Through Boston In 1919?

Trivia

Hard

Until Legislation In The 1990s Mandated It, British Appliances Rarely Came With?

Trivia

Hard

Which Planet Was The First To Be Mathematically Predicted Before Direct Observation?

Trivia

Hard

In Response To Complaints Of Slow Elevators Designers Installed What?

Trivia

Easy

Until 2011, Social Security Numbers Could Be Used To Determine A Person’s?

Trivia

Hard

The Hubble Telescope Runs Off Which Of These CPUs?

Trivia

Hard

The Only Author To Have A Simultaneous Chart Topping Book, Movie, And TV Show Is?

Trivia

Easy

What Was The First Console Video Game To Save A Player’s Progress?