Vals Kilmer (like "attorneys general"?)

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon Mar 27 22:02:40 UTC 2006


Know why a major general is outranked by a lieutenant general, though a
major outranks a lieutenant? Supposedly, the reason is that a major general
was originally a sergeant-major general and lieutenants outrank sergeants.

-Wilson

On 3/27/06, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at yahoo.com> wrote:
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> "To my knowledge, no one ever calls the Surgeon General 'General.'
> 'Doctor' is used instead."
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>   Read all about it: http://www.cardozo.yu.edu/life/spring2003/generals/ .
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>   JL
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> Beverly Flanigan <flanigan at OHIO.EDU> wrote:
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> The Surgeon General is always addressed as General.
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> At 01:34 PM 3/27/2006, you wrote:
> >I think the question was about how attorneys general are addressed. When
> >Alberto Gonzales appears before congress, is he addressed as General
> >Gonzales? I think this happens at least sometimes.
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> >-Matt Gordon
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> >On 3/27/06 11:43 AM, "Dennis R. Preston"
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> > > I guess I don't understand. If he is the attorney for general
> > > matters, then he is a "general attorney," just like a court martial
> > > is court (N) plus martial (adj) a "military court."
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> > > dInIs
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> > >> I've no beef with adjectives following nouns, a la francais. This
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> > >> doesn't explain why we address this (general interest) attorney as
> > >> "General" if it isn't meant as a rank.....?
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