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Attorneys General

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In many languages, adjectives following their nouns is the normal order.  It is not the norm in English, though, and the term "attorney general" trips people up as a result.  Bryan Garner has this LawProse Lesson on the subject.

In American English, attorneys general is the correct plural form. The British prefer attorney-generals (the Brits have long hyphenated the phrase).

Generally, a compound noun made up of a noun and a postpositive adjective (one that follows its noun) is pluralized by adding -s to the noun, as with heirs apparent and causes of action. But we add -s at the end of closed compounds, as with all words ending in -ful {spoonfuls, handfuls}.
Garner also notes:

And how do you make the plural phrase attorneys general into a possessive? You don't, preferably. You might try to make a case for 35 attorneys general's briefs, but you'd induce more head-scratching than readerly agreement. To avoid any miscues, the better course is to rephrase with an of-genitive. So if you want to discuss the briefs of more than one attorney general, simply say the briefs of the attorneys general. Fortunately, most jurisdictions have only one attorney general at a time, so the plural-possessive form is not a problem you're likely to encounter often.
In criminal cases in the US Supreme Court, there is very often an amicus brief filed by multiple attorneys general.  Fortunately, they are representing their states, so we call them states' briefs.

On a related point, I did not agree with AG Janet Reno about a lot of things, but I was pleased when she objected to being called "General Reno," saying she was a noun and not an adjective.

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