Fun info from a newsletter I follow.
- Freelancer translates to “a sword for hire.” Originally, it referred to medieval mercenaries who fought for whichever country paid them the most. Today, the sword is a good metaphor for the sharp specialization that defines a freelancer’s work.
- Muscle comes from the Latin word musculus, which translates to “little mouse” because people thought that the shape of muscles looked like mice running under the skin.
- The word clue comes from the story of Theseus in Greek mythology. In it, he gets stuck in a maze. To find his way out, he unravels a ball of string called a “clew” which helps him escape. In the same way, we unravel strings of clues to solve mysteries.