[Ads-l] Media inquiry: "Law Offices of", why always plural?

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Mon Aug 10 22:38:02 UTC 2015


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JL

On Mon, Aug 10, 2015 at 3:57 PM, Cohen, Gerald Leonard <gcohen at mst.edu>
wrote:

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> I've just received the media inquiry below and don't have an answer.=0A=
> Would someone on our listserv perhaps have a suggestion?=0A=
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> Gerald Cohen=0A=
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> From: Philip Johnson [Philip_Johnson at dailyjournal.com]=0A=
> Sent: Monday, August 10, 2015 1:29 PM=0A=
> To: Cohen, Gerald Leonard=0A=
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> I write for a legal publication and have a question on the origin of the
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> rm =93Law Offices of =85.=94. Why is it always law officeS, the plural?
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> t if it is just one room? Wouldn=92t that make it a law office? A lot of
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> lo attorneys advertise as having Law Offices, and I imagine them going
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>  and forth between dimly lit rooms to read legal texts and ponder deeply.
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> =92m wondering if there is a story behind that plural form?=0A=
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> Phil Johnson=0A=
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