illeism


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illeism

the tendency in some individuals to refer to themselves in the third person. — illeist, n.
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What this writer finds amusing is the use of illeism in science fiction, when robots, computers, and other artificial life to refer to themselves in the third person, e.
Illeism may also be used with an air of grandeur, as did the Spanish artist Salvador DalE[degrees] during an interview on American television, with such pronouncements as "DalE[degrees] is immortal and will not die".
One common usage of illeism is to impart humility, as in eighteenth-century English 'Your servant, ma'am' and the good old-fashioned Spanish close to business letters: 'Su servidor que besa sus pies' (Your servant who kisses your feet).
In other words, take what they say with a few pinches of salt, because illeism might be a cover to lashings of Tabasco sauce in a bid to stretch credulity.