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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Use of the Third Person for Self-Reference by Jesus and Yahweh: A Study of Illeism in the Bible and Ancient Near Eastern texts and Its Implications for Christology
The Romans had a word for it: illeism, the act of talking of oneself in the third person instead of the first person.
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.
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.g.
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).