Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,
What's the deal with "myself"? I hear it all the time:
Myself and Bocephus went to the bar for a snootful.
|Here I sit, judging myself.|
The problem with "myself" in the snootful sentence is that it should be a reflexive pronoun. Reflexive pronouns end in -self and refer back to the subject of the sentence or clause.
Maybe this explanation is simpler: Myself is a pronoun. Pronouns take the place of a noun. Example: Henry's dead, and he don't look so good.
"Henry" is the noun. "He" is the pronoun.
As a pronoun, "myself" needs to take the place of a noun. Example: Ah'm fixin' to fix myself some popcorn to eat while I watch the best movie ever, Walkin' Tall.
"Ah'm" (a.k.a. I'm) is the noun. Thus, "myself" is the reflexive pronoun that refers to I.
No more using myself all by itself because its feelings are hurt when it's alone and lonely. It has to be paired with a noun.
Would anyone like to have some fun writing a sentence with the correct or incorrect use of "myself"? Be as creative as you like.
Infinities of love,