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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Friday, 28 March 2008

I received an email yesterday that started like this:

Myself and a group of students at [unnamed university]…

And that was as far as I got.

No, I am not kidding.

I really couldn’t read past that GLARING error. Who should be the one to inform the parents of this co-ed that they are wasting their money??

I fear that it is a lost cause and I am doomed to a long life (kinna hura!) of cringing each and every time someone misuses the reflexive ‘myself.’

Here is a tip: only when one is looking in a mirror should the word ‘myself’ be employed. Otherwise it is a safe bet that it is wrong!

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Friday, 28 March 2008 7:39 am

    yeah, we are definitely soulsisters. i hate grammatical errors like that one.

  2. Sunday, 30 March 2008 4:42 pm

    Well, it can also be used as emphasis, but it should be preceded by “I” and used both judiciously and sparingly. These aren’t grammatical rules, they are pep-rules.

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Wednesday, 3 March 2010 11:38 pm

      Known as the intensive form.

  3. Sunday, 30 March 2008 7:48 pm

    I knows what u meane. I axe myself a queschin each daye. Why cannt peeps learn how to spehl.

    But what really grates on my nerves is when ThEy iNtEnTiOnallY TyPe LiKe tHiS.

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