Have you ever written a letter to a man and addressed it to "Fred Bloggs, Esq"? Did you ever wonder how he came to be called Esquire - and what it really means?
Here is a quick potted history of how the term came about, and what it means today:
1. It started off as meaning a knight's shield-bearer.
2. 16th century: an officer of the Crown
3. 18th century: it meant a man with a coat of arms, a 'superior gentleman'
4. 19th century: when addressing letters to a gentleman
5. Addressing all men
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