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Ed would like to know if there is a word to describe someone who refers to themself in the third person.

  • Bob Dole? Donald Trump? – Kit Z. Fox Aug 3 '11 at 17:57
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    A Facebook user? – splattne Aug 3 '11 at 18:01
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    Bill should have thought to post this here himself. :) – Bill the Lizard Aug 3 '11 at 18:01
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    Dmckee thinks people who do that are pretentious jerks. – dmckee --- ex-moderator kitten Aug 3 '11 at 18:08
  • there are also people talking like that in their daily conversation? In my native language they would sound cute to talk with others that way – StackUnderblow Aug 3 '11 at 23:31
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Ed suggests the word is illeism.

Ed is an illeist.

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    BoltClock agrees. – BoltClock Aug 3 '11 at 18:00
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    splattne upvoted you. – splattne Aug 3 '11 at 18:00
  • So perhaps is this commenter, who can't help thinking Ed may have posted this question after reading what looks to me like a somewhat fanciful Wikipedia entry. – FumbleFingers Aug 3 '11 at 18:00
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    @z7sg So make it better? – Ed Guiness Aug 3 '11 at 19:09
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    I think you could get more upvotes if you fleshed this out, but I learned a new word from your answer – simchona Aug 3 '11 at 20:23

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