In the United Kingdom, it is a title of respect previously accorded to men of higher social rank, but which has since come to be used as a general courtesy title for any man in a formal context, usually appended to the name as in "John Smith, Esq.", with no precise significance. Esquire is cognate with the word squire, which originally meant an apprentice or assistant to a knight.
eskváiras [angl. esquire < lot. scutarius — nešiojantis skydą], feodalizmo laikų Anglijoje — ginklanešys; nuo XV a. — vidutiniosios dvarininkijos ir vyresniosios valdininkijos garbės titulas; kreipimosi į vyrus žodis, rašomas anglų k. vartojančių žmonių adrese po pavardės, jeigu nepavartotas kt. titulas.
Skydą nešioja, atseit, ne savo - pono.
Kodėl gi ne exquire?
early 15c., "carefully selected," from Latin exquisitus "carefully sought out," thus, "choice," from past participle of exquirere "search out thoroughly," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + quaerere "to seek" (see query (v.)).
Of any thing (good or bad, torture as well as art) brought to a highly wrought condition, sometimes shading into disapproval. A vogue word 15c.-18c., given wide extensions of meaning, none of which survives. The main modern sense of "of consummate and delightful excellence" is first attested 1579, in Lyly's "Euphues." Related: Exquisitely; exquisiteness. The noun meaning "a dandy, fop" is from 1819.
Prisiminimai iš ne taip jau senų laikų...
Kas ieško - randa:)
Intershop was a chain of government-run retail stores in the German Democratic Republic (GDR, East Germany) in which only hard currencies (and later Forum Checks) could be used to purchase high-quality goods. The East German mark was not accepted as payment.
Exquisit shops (which sold higher priced clothing, shoes and cosmetics) from 1962 and 550 Delikat shops (which sold high end and gourmet food items) from 1976.
Stasi) monitored the Intershops very closely, relatives of Stasi employees or officials often working as cashiers.