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

Mullins, Bill CIV (US) william.d.mullins18.civ at MAIL.MIL
Tue Aug 11 17:17:10 UTC 2015


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I think the same applies to real estate agents.  Huntsville has the --

Matt Curtis Real Estate Team
Kier Real Estate Team
Ricky Robinson Team
The Cook Team
3 Generation Team: Jerry, Carmen & Alex
Brent Beavers Team

But if you look at them in detail, the "team" often seems to be the named person + his family member that does clerical work for him at night.

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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=
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> > To: Cohen, Gerald Leonard=0A=
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> > Sir,=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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