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  • Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is Word Origins 41. The word origin today is freelancer.

  • Okay. Let's take a look at the note. The origin of freelancer goes all the

  • way back to the days of the Knights or the time of the Knights. Knights used to

  • fight with a lance. So if you've ever seen any old movies like with King Arthur or

  • anything like with Knights. They usually fought on a horse and that long weapon

  • they had was actually what the lance was. So let's continue. So they fight

  • with a lance. A lance was the long pointed weapon Knights used to use

  • against enemies. Okay while riding on horseback. Yeah.

  • At that time many knights were kind of like free agents. So here you can kind of

  • put it together. This is where you get a free lancer, they were like a free agent.

  • So they could either sign, I guess they didn't I don't know, if they really had

  • contracts in those days, but pretty much they worked for whoever would pay them.

  • So let's continue. He would fight for any side which ...side which paid him. The

  • original freelancers were like mercenary soldiers. So they do exist today.

  • Sometimes you have mercenaries. So you pay them money and they will fight like

  • in a war. They will fight on a certain side for you. The word was first cited

  • in the classic novel \" Ivanhoe \" by Sir Walter Scott. So that's how we first

  • learned about freelancer. Okay let's continue. Today a freelancer is someone

  • who is not permanently employed by a specific organization, but will offer his

  • services to any company willing to pay. We use it most commonly with

  • photographers or maybe journalists that sell you know just they write an article

  • and then whatever newspaper or magazine is willing to print it and they'll just

  • pay it , They'll send it right to them for a fee and the same thing with

  • the photographers. Okay, etc. who are not employed by a specific company. All right. Let's take a look at a few examples here.

  • Most paparazzi are freelancers. So basically. Yeah. You

  • will often see them chasing the movie stars, taking a lot of photos and they

  • don't usually work for a specific magazine or newspaper, so a lot of times

  • if they get good photos they'll shop around and offer them to many different

  • newspapers you know, throughout the world. So they know most of them are

  • freelancers. The character Peter Parker, in the movie Spider-Man. So that was

  • spider-man of course was a freelancer or really like a freelance photographer. So

  • freelance comes from the same idea. So you can see if freelancer is the person

  • or you could say freelance photographer. If you remember in the movie he actually

  • wanted the newspaper to hire him but then that boss said \"No. No. Freelance

  • that's the way to go. So every time he got photos of Spider-Man he sold it to

  • the newspaper. Okay. Anyway, I hope you got it. I hope it was clear. Thank you for your time. Bye-bye.

Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is Word Origins 41. The word origin today is freelancer.

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