Let's say you're talking to Sarah and you make her upset so you say to her

  • "I would hate to make Sarah upset."

Is there a term for using 'Sarah' instead of the usual 'you' here?

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    You're talking to Sarah! I don't know why you would do this, but it doesn't have a name other than 'addressing her in the third person'. Jun 10 at 7:36
  • For faux formality and distancing: Mommy will not like this. It's also patronizing - As a three-year-old, you can understand me only if I prepare your mind for thinking about your mother as you do, third person. Jun 10 at 12:31
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    It can be patronising, but the third person is also sometimes used to address royalty. So the only thing that's certain is that it's not used in normal situations.
    – Stuart F
    Jun 10 at 12:48
  • And there’s Bob Dole…
    – Jim
    Jun 10 at 14:17
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    It's often used when mocking someone. If Sarah is complaining to you and you think she's going overboard, you might say "I would hate to make Sarah upset" with a sarcastic tone of voice. I'm also not aware of a specific term for it.
    – Barmar
    Jun 14 at 1:00


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