Nearly one quarter of all Bitter Lawyer readers are douchebags. This according to the other 75 percent, who said they wouldn’t dare use the dreaded—and hopelessly tacky—Esq. suffix.
But why exactly is Esq. synonymous with douchebag? We think the evidence speaks for itself.
BMW + Esq. = 5 Series Douche Bag
2. Bill and Ted’s D-Bag Adventure
Even Keanu knows better than to use Esq.
3. D-Bag Forum
Tough crowd, if you’re a D-Bag.
Email to Bitter Lawyer (12/11/08): It’s sad that one-fourth of your readers have such crappy research skills they couldn’t manage to look this up on Wikipedia.
If those readers had used Wikipedia (sad that someone called that “research”), they would have found the following:
Regardless of to whom it is applied, the term “Esq.” should not be used when talking about oneself, or in directly addressing somebody else. The abbreviation is never to be put on one’s own name—as on a business card or stationery—nor should it be used with any other title, such as Mr. or Ms.
5. The D-Bag-less Magazine
It’s a magazine cool enough to feature Angelina Jolie on its cover; but it’s not about lawyers. And regardless, even a magazine called Esquire doesn’t use Esq.
Check out other lists, tallies and scores to settle in Bitter by Numbers.