Saturday, January 31, 2015

I did a notary! I got my notary! (and other ways to abuse the word "notary")

"I did a notary!"

If you are like me, this is like fingernails scraping on a chalkboard:
  • A notary is a human being; a notarization is an act performed by a notary.  
  • Doing a notarization is performing a notarial act. 
  • Doing a notary, on the other hand,  may make readers think of killing a notary as in "doing him in" and other things unrelated to notarial acts.
Please, notaries...try to professionalize your language.

You'll never hear a lawyer say "I got my lawyer!"  or "I did a lawyer today!!"

Well... you might hear that-- "I did a lawyer today!" It means they screwed another lawyer, either figuratively or literally.

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