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Oct 26, 2007
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with Anu Garg

nosism

(NO-siz-em) Pronunciation Sound Clip

noun: The use of 'we' in referring to oneself.

[From Latin nos (we).]

As it's often used by editors, it's also known as the "editorial we". It's also called "the royal we" owing to its frequent use by royalty. Mark Twain once said, "Only kings, presidents, editors, and people with tapeworms have the right to use the editorial 'we'."

"We must avoid both egoism and nosism in order to realize the glory of humanity."
J. Odera Oruka; Philosophy, Humanity, and Ecology; Diane Publishing; 1996.

X-Bonus

The greatest analgesic, soporific, stimulant, tranquilizer, narcotic, and to some extent even antibiotic -- in short, the closest thing to a genuine panacea -- known to medical science is work. -Thomas Szasz, author, professor of psychiatry (b. 1920)

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