Random Information

As I’m getting back into the blogging swing, we’ll catch up with some random information this week.

Professional and Personal Titles. When using a professional title, do not use a personal title. For instance, Mr. John Jones, Esq. is incorrect. So is Dr. Julie Smith, M.D. Choose one or the other.

Plurals of Personal Titles. When addressing more than one person, you can pluralize the titles.

  • The plural of Mr. is Messrs.
  • The plural of Ms. is Mses. or Mss.
  • The plural of Mrs. or Mme. is Mmes.
  • The plural of Miss is Misses

Pages and lines. When you are referring to pages and/or lines in another document, you use “p.” for one page or “pp.” for multiple pages and “l.” for one line and “ll.” for multiple lines. Always pay attention to the range of your citation. If you are citing to a deposition excerpt at pages and lines 13:15-15:20, it would be pp. 13:15-15:20. Sometimes the writer will start with one page and just use “p.” everywhere, but if the citation is to multiple pages, you should change it.

Periods With Contractions. Do not use a period after a contraction. For instance, in my recent travels, I saw a sign for a national park that said “Nat’l. Park.” That is incorrect. “Nat’l” is a contraction for “National,” not an abbreviation, so it should not have a period at the end.

Signing Letters and Emails. When a non-attorney is using a signature block in a letter or an email, they should always include their title, i.e., Legal Assistant, Paralegal, etc., so the recipient knows that the communication is not from an attorney.

That is enough randomness for now. If you have random questions, leave a comment below and watch for the response in an upcoming post.

Grammar Giggles – Fee Wi-Fi

With apologies for the hiatus–work and life got in the way–but now I’m back and attempting to get back on schedule! Part of my time recently has been driving back and forth to Albuquerque to pick up and then drop off three of the grandchildren for a visit with their cousins (and us . . . when they had to) in the Phoenix area. The first trip over, I saw this sign near Gallup but was not ready with camera in hand to capture the picture. The second trip over I was ready. There are a couple of possibilities for this error. First, it could just be a case of extremely factual advertising or, second, they could have left a letter out. I’m guessing it is the latter because the fact that you charge for wi-fi when the other 30 signs for other hotels within a mile or two of this sign all tout free wi-fi seems a little like not really wanting the business. I’m anxiously awaiting my next trip because I saw a sign on the way back that I wasn’t ready for . . .

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