Me, Myself, and I

I’m so tired of people using the word “myself” incorrectly. It is rampant. Why do people do this? And so many do. I am an editor. For my job, I edit things for correctness, or “correctaliciousness,” if you will. You would think my fellow editors would know when to say “me,” when to say “I,” and when to say “myself.” They do not. Emails I receive on a regular basis include such phrases as, “If you have any questions, please ask myself or Bob.”

There’s a simple way to know which word you are supposed to use. Remove “Bob.” Would you say “Please ask myself?” Well… unfortunately I’ve seen people do that, too. But, well, you shouldn’t. You should say, “Please ask me.” Now, add Bob back into the equation, and say, “Please ask Bob or me.” It’s simple! And correct!

Now, if you’ll excuse myself, I’m going to get me some water.

4 Responses to Me, Myself, and I

  1. Eric says:

    I hate that shit. I also hate when people write “Loose” instead of “Lose”. You can lose a game, not loose a game. Cripes!

    And it’s “HANG” when you execute someone by hanging. Not “HUNG”. Gaahahahh!

    Bob Cheevers was hanged this morning. (Bob Cheevers was not hanged, I just made up the name as an example. Apologies to anyone named Bob Cheevers.)

    Pictures are hung. People are hanged!

    I swear I’m going to hang the next person that says it wrong.

  2. marcyminton says:

    So, I hear you’re pretty well-hanged, Eric, if you know what I mean, wink wink, nudge nudge.

  3. Wan says:

    I’m a stickler for “you’re” and “your.”

  4. Rachel says:

    I’m guilty of countless assaults on the English language. I’m definitely that person who annoys everyone with an ounce of grammar knowledge. I blame it on the fact that everything I know about grammar, I learned from “Grammar School Rock.” Yes, it’s valuable knowledge; but does it cover everything? I think not. I’m great at conjunctions and interjections, but when it comes to other things; I might has well have grown up in the Ozarks. So, on behalf of everyone who butchers the English language, I would like to formally apologize. Also, I would like to inform you–as my friend–that if you ever find that you are wondering, “conjunction, what exactly is your function?,” you can call ME!

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