Correct use of the title “Esq.”

This has long been a pet pieve of mine:  The inappropriate use of the self-laudatory title "Esquire".  When signing your own name you may indicate you are an "Attorney at Law" but please don't refer to yourself as "Esq."  And while we're on the subject of grammatical pet pieves do not tell someone he or she is "incredible" in an attempt to pay them a compliment.  The word means not credible.  As in  the witness is incredible.  His testimony should not be given any weight.

From Wikipedia. . .

Esquire (abbreviated Esq.) is a term of British origin, originally used to denote social status. Within the United States, it is used as a postnominal honorific by licensed attorneys and by some naval officers and fraternal organizations. Ultimately deriving from the medieval squires who assisted knights, the term came to be used automatically by men of gentle birth. The social rank of Esquire is that above gentleman.
More specifically, though, a distinction was made between men of the
upper and lower gentry, who were "esquires" and "gentlemen"
respectively (between, for example, "Thomas Smith, Esq." and "William
Jones, Gent."). A late example of this distinction is in the list of
subscribers to The History of Elton, by the Rev. Rose Fuller Whistler, published in 1882, which clearly distinguishes between subscribers designated "Mr" (another way of indicating gentlemen) and those allowed "Esquire."

Thus, practically speaking, the term "esquire" may be appended to
the name of any man not possessing a higher title (such as that of knighthood or peerage) or a clerical one. In practice, however, "esquire" in the US is most commonly assumed by lawyers in a professional capacity; it has come to be associated by many Americans solely with the legal profession.[citation needed]

Regardless of to whom it is applied, the term "Esq." should not be
used when talking about oneself, or in directly addressing somebody
else. Rather, it is used in third-person contexts, such as business
letterhead and when addressing an envelope.

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Thomas

Good day Sir,
I am flattered by your article,I am not an attorney in the US.I am a disabled us soldier I am presently working on my BA in Philosophy/Phenomenology Concentrated Ethics, I own and operate a consulting service.(personal life skills consultant)
I vigilantly conduct myself as a gentlemans gentleman at all times in Character and actions I practice physical, emotional & spiritual disciplines daily.I would have to guess it was about a year ago in prayer and meditation the title came to me. I researched Esquire.It was assuredly a close description of me as I have been recognized and called The Sheild Bearer in many forums
work related public service(army mp)
social settings(Dj/Mc)
professional&political (Chauffeur/Bodyguard)
religous(youth minister).
I am confident with GOD and self in wearing the title of Squire however truthfully I do experience some sarcasm and lip periodically from unhappy people.Your article has assured me of the right to utilize the title.I do wish I knew how to legally obtain the title esquire,I would like to be able to also make my consulting service a formal LLC.I don’t know how to acheive these goals at this time.I do have Faith,I Live by Karma and I Know as I keep sowing goodness that GODness keeps giving it will come to pass just as a stumbled on your article for me is not a coincidence but a re-assurance of Good people in the world I thank you for your service to GOD and Humanity.I am Honored and flattered to serve my fellow man I have had many folks identify me as a squire with a servants heart in my journey of living loving & serving.
I would love to hear from you.
In Gratis Servicio
Mr.Thomas Salvatore Furino Esq.

John

After reading this, I daresay I might start using the term “Gent.” after my name on my legal stationery instead of “Esq.” just so I can distinguish myself from the rabble (I have always questioned the nobility of being a lawyer anyway).

ewc

Just look incredible up in the dictionary. It can mean amazing- as greater or better than thought possible.