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#atozchallenge - I for Illeist - Corinne O'Flynn

Miss Corinne has a new post for the letter I to share with you. She thought it would be interesting because as a rule, she finds it odd when people do this.  And so she presents today’s #atozchallenge I word…

ILLEIST
ill’-ee-est
noun: One who refers to himself in the third person.

Miss Corinne is baffled by the phenomenon of illeism. She feels it comes off as forced, and rather pompous. She has read the wikipedia article and admits there are certain uses for it that make sense. For example, when a robot in a story or film might say, “This unit is defective.” But she does not like it when human beings do it. She thinks it makes them sound silly. (The cute little guy pictured above excluded, of course!) Do you know an illeist?

My 2011 Post: I for Inconceivable

Today’s #photoadayapril prompt: cold

About the Author Corinne

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  1. I learned a new word! The Kings of France used to refer to themselves in the third person: the royal He, rather than the Windsors’s “we”. Looking at your 2011 post :-)

  2. It’s a great word. For some reason, I thought it would mean a person who fakes illness.

    I am one, anyway. At least to my kids. It was supposed to be endearing, but it just annoys them. I do it deliberately now to annoy them, because I’m a bit like that. ;)

    Nice to meet you via the challenge!

    1. That’s hilarious! I should try it with my kids. Although my youngest will probably get the giggles and any hope of getting his to do something I need goes out the window. ;)

      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. While working with abused and neglected kids I was in a situation once where the father of one of boys was talking about his son’s problems. He spoke of himself, his son, their family in third person. It was very disturbing. And I thought, no wonder the kid has problems! He was the first (and I hope last) illeist I ever have to deal with.

  4. Elmo, I think, is the only celebrity that can pull off being an illeist and not coming off as annoying (to most people). Thankfully, I’ve never encountered one. I think people do it on occasion just to be annoying/entertaining.

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