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Fun Grammar Piece from the NYT

Posted: Thu Jul 28, 2016 3:57 pm
by Slava

Re: Fun Grammar Piece from the NYT

Posted: Fri Jul 29, 2016 9:31 am
by bnjtokyo
When I read this piece a few days ago on the Times' website, I though this use of -self was blow back from Indian English, but I didn't have any data. I've since looked around and it seem to be a feature of what we might call polite Colonial English.

The letter at the link
http://www.ashanet.org/projects-new/doc ... 010-11.pdf
appears to be a serious letter of thanks written a few years ago from someone in India to a benefactor in Seattle.

Note the use of "own self" to refer to the writer and "kind self" and "good self" to refer to the addressee.

Re: Fun Grammar Piece from the NYT

Posted: Wed Feb 08, 2017 10:22 am
by Ethanmoore
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