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illeism - (n)

The practice of referring to oneself as "he" or "she", or by one's name

n. illeist
Adj. illeistic

Etymology

Pretty straight forward. From the Latin ille, he, + -ism.
Its first citation is from 1809–10:

"For one piece of egotism … there are fifty that steal out in the mask of tuisms and ille-isms."
(Coleridge Friend (1818) I. 36 )

Usage:

If Elaine had known about Jimmy's tendency to illeism she would never have ended up going out with him.

Common culprits:

Elmo
Parents and toddlers
The Big Lebowski
Joe Biden
Bob Dole
Facebook users
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