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freeter n. a person who takes a series of temporary jobs; a job-hopper, temp worker, or freelancer. Also freeta. Etymological Note: free + Ger. arbeit ‘work’ (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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  • Someone has probably noted that Japanese “arubaito” is very likely a phonetic rendering of German “Arbeiter”—so that both suggested derivations are right.

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