Word-Song 4: Myself

I often come across the word myself used incorrectly, in place of I or me: “This is too difficult for someone like myself.” Here, myself should read me.

Compound personal pronouns that employ the word self (such as myself, himself, and ourselves) have two uses. First, they can be used intensively, as in “I wrote it myself.” Here, myself is meant for emphasis; it can be removed from the sentence without altering its meaning. Second, they can be used reflexively, when the subject and the object are the same entity: “I can see myself in the mirror.”

Click here to hear Billie Holiday singing “Me, Myself, and I.”