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Where did the term freelance come from?

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Where did the term freelance come from?
Today we think of a freelancer as, say, an artist, writer, or musician who works alone. But the origin of the term rests with medieval knights — and their lances — who were not committed to one lord. A “free lance” was a knight who sold his services to whomever he chose (no doubt often the highest bidder).

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