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Myself and........

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gracesmum Tue 06-Mar-12 19:05:51

I was taught that you say the other person's name first e.g "Withnail and I" not as I heard today on Woman's Hour "Myself and the Home Secretary...!"
What is with this "self" anyway?
Myself, yourself - why not I/me, you or is that too easy?

Anne58 Tue 06-Mar-12 20:44:11

Oh don't get me started on that one! A chap I work with never ever says me, you or even us! it's always myself, yourself and ourselves, as in on the phone to a potential client " I would like to arrange a meeting with yourself"

It really grates.

Ariadne Tue 06-Mar-12 20:49:28

The "self" bit is referential, referring, of course, to "I". These people are pillocks and that is my professional opinion. They just think it sounds posh.

jeni Tue 06-Mar-12 21:34:35

Is it 'pillocks' or pudoch?

gracesmum Tue 06-Mar-12 21:38:59

I've always enjoyed referring to people as "puddocks" as it is entirely inoffensive, meaning "frogs" smile

jeni Tue 06-Mar-12 21:44:11

That's what I thought.

bagitha Tue 06-Mar-12 22:28:39

I refer to Dh as Himself sometimes. It's common in Ireland. Maybe the others are extrapolations of that usage.