Date: Tue, 16 Apr 1996 18:35:37 EDT From: Patricia Kuhlman 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.