Date: Tue, 16 Apr 1996 18:35:37 EDT
From: Patricia Kuhlman GAKBC[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CUNYVM.BITNET
Subject: the politician's third person
Pols have been using the third person self-referentially for a long
time. If you doubt this, check out Julius Caesar's commentaries on
the Gallic war and the civil war -- all written in the third person --
presumably to maximize exposure of his name, promote the illusion of
objectivity and get around the tricky issues of either false modesty or
self-aggrandizement if the first person is used.
I thought the list might enjoy this historical tidbit. Caesar's use
of the third person to refer to himself was the first thing to come to
my mind when this topic first appeared some time back.