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OffTop 5/31 - Linguistic Oddity edition

So a friend of mine just started his own law practice.  He gave me his business card yesterday, and it read "Attorney At Law".  This struck me as a very odd phrase - I work in IT, and I don't call myself "Business Analyst at IT"; doctors don't call themselves "Doctors At Medicine".  So, two questions:

1.  Does anybody know where "attorney at law" came from or why it is the accepted way of referring to a lawyer?

2.  What other linguistic oddities have always jumped out at you?  I'm not talking about things that are incorrect, but things that are just odd, things that sound wrong but aren't or things that just don't make sense.

That, and other stuff too.  You know the drill.  Commence!

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