Tuesday, November 21, 2006

That's Esq.

While celebrating a friend's bar passage the other night, we wondered aloud what, exactly "Esquire" means. According to the always-reliable wikipedia - it doesn't mean terribly much, it should only really be used by dudes, and you don't really need to be a lawyer to use it. Not sure simply using "esq" after your name would get you nabbed for practicing without a license anyway.

Good news: barristers are better than solicitors, as they were "Esquires" while the others were merely "gentlemen." Bad news: we don't really distinguish here anyway. This, then, seems a pretty pointless post, really . . . .

Slightly interesting: "According to legal usage expert Bryan Garner (A Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage, 2d ed.), "Esq." is to be placed after an attorney's name by another person, but never to be appended by the attorney himself or herself. Thus, one attorney writing to another would address the letter's recipient as "Jane Brown, Esq." but would sign himself as "John Smith"."

Also - it seems that since Esq. takes the place of "Mr.," one shouldn't be identified as "Mr. John Q. Lawyer, Esq." rather just "John Q. Lawyer, Esq." Since we chickidees can use it too, guess I get to drop the Miss (or the ambiguous Ms.). But since I'm not supposed to write "Esq." myself, I expect you all to address me as such from now on.

No, not really. Don't do that.


Anonymous said...

How about if we just call you "squire", since Arnie has already nabbed the "guvner" tag.

Anonymous said...

Yes Me-lady.

Anonymous said...

When I was a young man it was standard practice to write "Esq" after a man's name on an envelope. But that was when women walked behind pushing prams and cooked cabbage as a hobby.