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A.Word.A.Day--illeist

(IL-ee-ist) Pronunciation

noun: One who refers to oneself in the third person.

[From Latin ille (that) + -ism.]

"I've read that some famous sports figures become illeists during press conferences: 'He [meaning the speaker] has to work more on his free throws.' I have but one thing to say about that, 'Redgate finds that sort of thing somewhat irritating.'"
Chris Redgate; The Red Pencil; The Washington Post; Mar 14, 2000.

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To do great work a man must be very idle as well as very industrious. -Samuel Butler, poet (1612-1680)

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