Question: Why do we say Notary Public and not Public Notary?
Notary Public and Postpositive Adjectives
Postpositive adjectives are adjectives that follow the nouns they modify. In Latin, the phrase is notarius publicus. The English phrase “notary public” shows its origin from the Latin language.
Some other English phrases that use postpositive adjectives are:
Some incorrect spellings seen are notary republic, notery public and notory public.
The Olde English spelling was Notary Publick or Publick Notary, sometimes publique notary.
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