Friday, October 26, 2007

It's All ABout We

nosism (NO-siz-em) noun

The use of 'we' in referring to oneself.

[From Latin nos (we).]

As it's often used by editors, it's also known as the "editorial we".
It's also called "the royal we" owing to its frequent use by royalty.
Mark Twain once said, "Only kings, presidents, editors, and people
with tapeworms have the right to use the editorial 'we'."
(from today's Word a Day. Archive here).

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Dean and I use the "royal we" all the time at home, when we are being silly. But we use it to replace "you" rather than "I." For instance, "How would we like our eggs this morning?" and "Did we just fart?"

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3 comments:

barbara jane said...

love this! i am a fan of 'we,' in its varied uses. i am also a fan of the royal we, which should include a really grand chair, and a 'kiss my ring' ring.

RJGibson said...

Bwah! The exemplary sentences are too funny.

Charles said...

LOL. Oh, gosh. I can just picture that.