Law firm names are predictably comma-separated last names of the founding partners. Smith, Smith & Brown, Attorneys at Law. When I see firm names like that one, I do wonder how Brown feels about being the law firm’s third wheel.

Smith & Smith clearly have some complicated familial relationship, my money being on their being spouses or father-sons. And you know they bring that family drama to work. Smith & Smith are shitting where they eat, and we all know it.

And then there’s Brown—the friend asked to say grace at the family dinner, the +1 at a funeral, the table-for-three-making addition to a romantic dinner date. Sorry, Brown, we feel your pain. The name on your placard says it all.