July 5, 2006
My friend JP plays an addictive little game coming up with phrases with post positive adjectives, adjectives that come after the noun, princess royal for example. As many of the phrases are of French origin, there is speculation the first of these were Normanisms that became an acceptable English form. Indeed many these phrases are legalisms which would make sense as many legal concepts became codified into English law shortly after the Norman conquest (The Normans added a hefty dose of bureaucracy and centralization to Anglo-Saxon legal affairs).
An interesting side panel on both the plural form and the proper hyphenation of court martial can be found in the middle of this page.
Some examples of phrases with post positive adjectives:
judge advocate general
Do any more come to mind?