The “Royal We” is a term to indicate that, when someone is ostensibly speaking about a group of people, they’re actually referring to themselves as an individual. Someone I know (whom I will not name for fear of incriminating myself) does quite the opposite, in that they use the word “we” to mean “everyone apart from me” or more usually “you”. For example:
• “We need to mow that lawn” means “You need to mow that lawn”
• “We ought to fix the tiles in the bathroom” meaning “Fix the tiles in the bathroom”
Is there a term for this kind of terminology? Apologies if this seems a little fatuous but I’m genuinely interested.