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Saran Wrap
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It has always annoyed me that certain people tend to refer to themselves in the third person. For example: "Freddy doesn't feel well today; Freddy hasn't had his coffee yet," instead of "I don't feel well; I haven't had my coffee yet."

However, there is a woman in my church who makes it even more annoying. Everyone in the church refers to her by her first name. Neither her children nor her grandchildren attend our church (or even live in the same state), but she insists on referring to herself as "Granny." It really bugs me when she's talking to a bunch of her peers and makes some comment like "Granny forgot her keys in the car. Granny better go get them!"

I know it's petty to be so easily annoyed, but it sounds really juvenile and not at all endearing. Ah well. I'll get over it.

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It always pisses people off, but when I get really vodka drunk, I used "one". As in "One shouldn't do that, or bad things will happen, like falling down the staris or eating mud."

I agree though. Unless done with appropriate insanity, it's just annoying.....

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GenYus agrees with you.

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Sometimes the most trivial things can be the most annoying. I know whenever I see my SIL phones and ends up getting connected to voice mail she will tell me her full name *twice*, "This is Mary, Mary Smith, Mary Smith calling" and she will leave her full phone number with area code *twice* and then she will always, god help me, always say "signing off for now". This irritates me irrationally. I keep trying to see humour in her idiocy. Maybe some day.

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Roadie
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GenYus beat Roadie to it, and Roadie hates when that happens. Why does GenYus hate Roadie?

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nurple
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I tend to refer to myself in the third person when I get drunk. "Jenny requires another drink," is a common thing for me to say. Then there is also, "Jenny needs to pee," "Jenny needs to pee again because she broke the seal," and of course, "Jenny needs to get laid now."

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This trend is, sadly, nothing new. All the way back to the whole John Smith/Pocahontas story (JEEZ that annoys me) and up through Elmo.
Elmo's worse. "Elmo doesn't need to learn a lesson! Elmo will go play with fire and get burned and then do it the next day! AGAIN!"
The only time that it's not annoying are when it's somebody making fun of Bob Dole.

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At my company, we have to fill out our own performance reviews, in the third person. So (coincidentally to this thread) I just spent the day writing things like "kit_n_caboodle completes her work in a timely manner."

"kit_n_caboodle is nostalgic for the days when her manager filled out her performance review"

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ComicBookGeek
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The Geek doesn't talk like that.

Anyone remember when Bob Dole was on Leno, and when Leno asked him if he talked like that, he replied "No, Bob Dole doesn't talk like that."

I laughed

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Roadie
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Roadie just realized that when she talks like this she sounds like Dobby from Harry Potter. Roadie is annoyed.

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Signora Del Drago is laffin' her (_!_) off.

Thanks, boys and girls. Signora Del Drago needed a chuckle today. [lol]

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ILS
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quote:
Originally posted by nurple:
I tend to refer to myself in the third person when I get drunk. "Jenny requires another drink," is a common thing for me to say. Then there is also, "Jenny needs to pee," "Jenny needs to pee again because she broke the seal," and of course, "Jenny needs to get laid now."

ILS just needs to figure out how to be standing next to Jenny the next time Jenny is drinking and talking in the third person.

Yes ILS does.

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Tam
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quote:
Originally posted by ILS:
ILS just needs to figure out how to be standing next to Jenny the next time Jenny is drinking and talking in the third person.

Tam is pretty sure that Jenny's husband wouldn't like that! [Eek!]

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nurple
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quote:
Originally posted by Tam:
quote:
Originally posted by ILS:
ILS just needs to figure out how to be standing next to Jenny the next time Jenny is drinking and talking in the third person.

Tam is pretty sure that Jenny's husband wouldn't like that! [Eek!]
Jenny is thinking that he would not like that at all. [Wink]

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Canuckistan
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quote:
Originally posted by nurple:
I tend to refer to myself in the third person when I get drunk. "Jenny requires another drink," is a common thing for me to say. Then there is also, "Jenny needs to pee," "Jenny needs to pee again because she broke the seal," and of course, "Jenny needs to get laid now."

Who's this Jenny person? I thought your name was nurple. So you not only refer to yourself in the third person, you're actually referring to someone else in the third person.

Been a long time since I've been that drunk. [Razz]

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nurple
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Wow, nurple guesses that Jenny has a drinking problem.

ETA: Or does Jenny guess that nurple has a drinking problem? They don't know. They are so confused.

Hmm. I (we? they?)could really use a martini right now.

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ILS
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quote:
Originally posted by nurple:
quote:
Originally posted by Tam:
quote:
Originally posted by ILS:
ILS just needs to figure out how to be standing next to Jenny the next time Jenny is drinking and talking in the third person.

Tam is pretty sure that Jenny's husband wouldn't like that! [Eek!]
Jenny is thinking that he would not like that at all. [Wink]
Hey ILS is just standing here. What happens after that has yet to be determined. [Wink]

Now I guess if ILS is standing in the middle of a bedroom uninvited that might be an issue, but ILS is picturing a bar setting.

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I can't talk about myself in the third person, because then, I'd have to answer myself. Then, I'd be talking to myself in the third person, which would probably annoy the other voices in my head- or at the very least, become the 4th person.

FrogFeathers is confused now.

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NorthernLite
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We hates snopesterses. Nasty, YOMANKing snopesterses, doesn't we, my precious.

Northern *I had to get that out of my head* Lite

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You agree. But you think it's a tiny thing to get annoyed over.

F "Think we've done all the 'people' now" minor.

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Saran Wrap
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Now, for all of you who are purposefully imitating Elmo: [fish]

As for the rest of this conversation: I really don't think that doing the first-in-third person thing is nearly as stupid if you're drunk. I sincerely hope the "Granny" I was refering to is NOT drunk, since we're at church [Eek!] but you never know...

And, I must admit, when I am feeling really brain dead I will occassionally mention something along the lines of "Saran Wrap needs to go to bed. Good night." [dunce] But these embarassing times are few and far between, in the privacy of my own home, and using my given name, not in public using a name that only 4 or 5 people call me.

And yes, there are small things about some people's phone habits that drive me nuts, too. But, that's another rant.

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quote:
Originally posted by Northern Lite Afternoon Showers:
We hates snopesterses. Nasty, YOMANKing snopesterses, doesn't we, my precious.

Northern *I had to get that out of my head* Lite

For some reason, my SO *hates* it when I do that voice. It might be because I do it at "intimate" times.

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YOMANK GenYus. I have a similar problem with Chubby Bunny!

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Saran Wrap
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YOMANK, GenYus; I can see how that could really spoil intimacy. That's not exactly the image you want in your head at that time!

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quote:
Originally posted by GenYus:
quote:
Originally posted by Northern Lite Afternoon Showers:
We hates snopesterses. Nasty, YOMANKing snopesterses, doesn't we, my precious.

Northern *I had to get that out of my head* Lite

For some reason, my SO *hates* it when I do that voice. It might be because I do it at "intimate" times.
...snapdragonfly is squicked out.

But really, it can be funny if done well. Miss Information always refers to herself in the third and she can crack one up.

(oh come on...you CAN'T expect first person from one when it's this funny...)

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I have friends and family who's children speak in the third person. Depending on my mood (and the kid in question) I either think it is really cute or really annoying. I always find it annoying when the parents do it though.

I guess the kids do it because their parents say things like, "will Emma please eat her carrots," instead of, "Please eat your carrots, Emma." Which leads to, "Look mommy, Emma ate her carrots!"

My wife and I try to not talk to our kids like they are little morons, so thankfully out 3 year old doesn't do this, and hopefully the 1 year old won't either.

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Saran Wrap
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It really doesn't bother me when it's done by children who are still learning the construction of sentences and what the heck pronouns are, but it doesn't help the kids learn the correct way to speak if the parents are doing it wrong. I think some parenting books contribute to that. For instance, it's supposed to be less threatening to the child's self esteem if you say "Mommy is not happy with the way Bobby is acting. Bobby will not be able to go to the playground if Bobby is not more polite to Mommy." Less threatening, maybe. Gramatically educational? Definitely not.

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I have a tendancy to add "conversational asides" to my speech. For example, I might say "Hey, Mom, do you still have those tickets, she asked her hopefully?" or "Yeah, sweetie, you're just a big dork, she said lovingly." or "If Rube hasn't been digging in the flower bed, she added optimistically."

It's infectious. My parents, brother, and husband all do it now, too. Mom was embarassed last week because she did it while she was talking to her new doctor, and the doc gave her a very strange look.

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quote:
Originally posted by Saran Wrap:
Now, for all of you who are purposefully imitating Elmo: [fish]
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Signora Del Drago does not understand. [Confused]

Signora Del Drago was not imitating Elmo. [Razz]
Signora Del Drago is highly insulted that you [fish] ed the posters to this thread. [Roll Eyes] so take this [fish] , you Saran Wrap, you!

Signora Del Drago is laffin'. [lol]

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Saran Wrap
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Saran Wrap's dignity has been injured, and she will not stoop to answering such a [fish] -ing response.

Hmph.

[lol]

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STF does it all the time, but it's tongue-in-cheek of course. When STF does it is usually with his alter-ego which is McAwesome.

I've really gotten a kick out of the third person think since Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson started doing it when he was still wrestling. It's funny to me.

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Signora Del Drago
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quote:
Originally posted by Saran Wrap:
Saran Wrap's dignity has been injured, and she will not stoop to answering such a [fish] -ing response.

Hmph.

[lol]

Is "Hmph" anything like "Pfft?"  -

Signora Del Drago loves a person with a sense of humor!  -

Signora Del Drago must go cook supper,  - now, and will be back later.

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