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Nosism

 

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Description

Nosism is referring to oneself in the plural.

Example

We are not amused. (Queen Victoria)

We will now retire to one's repose.

Discussion

Nosism

The most famous use of nosism is by the English monarch, where the 'royal we' is quite common. Because of this tradition, it is considered very bad form for anyone else to use it as it seeks puts one on a par with the monarch. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was known on occasion to use the term and was criticized in the press for doing so.

'Nosism' can also generally mean 'conceit', which is the underlying emotion in use of the 'royal we' by ordinary people.

Nosism is also used in editorials where the editor writes 'we' and implies the newspaper or magazine as a whole when it is actually just the editor's viewpoint.

Nosism and Illeism are similar terms.

Nosism comes from the Latin 'nos' meaning 'we' (and which is the origin of the French 'nous').

Classification: Falsehood, Reference

See also

Illeism

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