Just Jot it January, 2019: January 8

“Your prompt for JusJoJan 2019, January 8th is brought to you by Ritu! Click here to find her last post and say hi while you’re there! Ritu’s word for our prompt today is “self.” Use it anywhere in your post or make it the theme of your post. Have fun!” (https://lindaghill.com/2019/01/08/jusjojan-2019-daily-prompt-jan-8th/)  Except, of course, NOT one-liner Wednesday for me because these Jots are not only my 500-words a day challenge, but also part of my  Ultimate Blogging Challenge challenge (http://ultimateblogchallenge.com).

Self, eh?  You know what drives me nuts about “self”?  It’s people using it as a non-reflexive pronoun.  You know wat I’m talking about.  When you say “Jim and myself went to the store”, or “He met with Sue and myself”.  No no no no no!!  Myself is REFLEXIVE.  Not transitive, or intransitive, or subject or object, or whatever you want to call it.  It’s “Jim and I want to the store” and “He met with Sue and me”.  Yes.  “ME”.  You are allowed to use the object pronoun “me”, you know.

Ok, let’s explain “reflexive” then.  Yes, I know some of you are saying “but Emily, I’ve seen “myself” used as an object”.  Well, yes, but ONLY when the subject is the same person!  So, “I saw myself” or “He met himself”.  NOT when the subject is different (as the example above).  Don’t believe me?  Check out the British Council’s “Learn English site (https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/english-grammar/reflexive-pronouns).  And remember, it may be the British Council, but it still refers to North American English.  And don’t try that “Why Emily…didn’t you say all languages change over time, and you know, dialects?” with me.  I’m not gonna buy that for reflexive pronouns!

Well, that’s probably enough of that self-ranting.  What other kinds of self are there?  Self-study?  We hear that a lot a post-secondary.  Usually meaning studying by yourself, without being in class or with an instructor.  To be good a self study, you need to be self motivated to do it, because, well, distractions are everywhere these days.

I also hear a lot about self portraits, being a photographer of sorts.  I do NOT like taking self portraits, but inevitably, at least once a month, one of my photography challenges demands I take one.  I try to be as hidden as possible – which makes me look artistic!  You know, like the one I posted just a few days ago:

Of course, most people now refer to self-portraits as “selfies”.  I don’t know how I feel about that, but it strikes me that there is a difference!

And then there are self interests, and self-ishness, which are traits we see in the great orange buffoon south of the border.  ‘Nough said.

Moving on to my final paragraph, we have self reliance, self control, and self determination, all of which are simple concepts, but sometimes challenging to evoke.  I am reliant on myself to be determined to control my urge to eat french fries at lunch.  Now THAT is some self in action!

Posted on January 8, 2019, in Writing and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. I’m a big fan of self-reliance. And I admire your strength to refuse the fries at lunch. I was not so lucky or successful.

  2. In India, you’d have a field day! I laugh when we go visit over there, and people introduce themselves like this… “Myself, Rajiv. Your good self?” instead of “I’m Rajiv. And you are?”

  3. Poor grammar annoys me too. Particularly from people who have their own shows on TV or who are being interviewed….and whose native tongue is English at that! 😜

  4. Nice lesson! I’m always confused about using me or I or myself.
    I like saying a ‘self portrait’ much better than ‘selfie’. Sounds nicer. 🙂

  5. When you wrote “No no no no no!! Myself is REFLEXIVE.” I was cheering on the sidelines. Agree completely.

  6. Here’s a tidbit on selfies, I take them often, most of them hideous and meant to convey mood — my family and I do this daily. On social media, people complain about the amount of selfies. However, when it’s the end of the year and Instagram shows you which TOP NINE photos had the most likes, more than half of them are selfies. Selfies get more likes than gorgeous sunsets, beautiful cats, or even perfectly composed flat-lays. Tis true. We don’t hate selfies as much when they’re of OTHER people 😉

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