Hypercorrection: Me, myself and I

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Hypercorrection: Me, myself and I

Today, an email passed in front of my eyes. It was sent by an Important Person to the whole of a large organisation.

The tone was conversational, but with an air of gravitas.

Please be aware that myself, Person X and Person Y have moved offices to…

I’m sure you’ve seen this kind of thing before…

The problem, though, is that in an attempt to maintain a perceived formality, the author has hyper corrected, and changed a correct grammatical form to a… ‘non-traditional’ one.

If we remove the other subjects in the sentence, we’re left with:

Please be aware that myself have moved offices to…

Myself have made a mistake.

By | 2016-12-14T16:11:37+00:00 March 3rd, 2015|Did you know, Grammar|0 Comments

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