I’m developing a 3-pronged description of my professional self for LinkedIn using words that start with f (example: “freelancer”).... At the moment, one of my prongs is “firebrand of innovative content strategy”.

My question is— Can you be a firebrand OF something? Does that usage of “of” make sense here? Or should it be “about”? Or just “Content Strategy Firebrand.”

Thanks a lot!

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firebrand OED

  1. A person who, or (occasionally) a thing which, kindles strife, inflames passions, etc., esp. in a political context; an agitator. Later also more generally: a person who is full of passion or energy.

As in:

I am a firebrand of innovative content strategy.


I am known as an "innovative content strategy" firebrand.

A cursory Google search returned 56 700 results, the majority referring to The Firebrand of Florence,

a Broadway operetta in two acts, written by Kurt Weill (music), Ira Gershwin (lyrics), and Edwin Justus Mayer and Gershwin, based on Mayer's play.

American Heritage Magazine refers to Samuel Adams as Firebrand of the Revolution

Oxford Dictionary Online, Cambridge, Collins, and Merriam-Webster dictionaries all have similar definitions for a firebrand,

A person who is very passionate about a particular cause

but don't use "about" or "of" with the word in any of their example sentences.

Even though usage of the word doesn't seem very common in the context you have given, both

a firebrand of innovative content strategy


an innovative content stategy firebrand

should do.

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