Origin of myselfMiddle English meself from Old English me sylf: see me and self
- Myself means your happy and healthy state.
An example of myself is when you have been sick, but finally feel well again. (I feel like myself again.)
- Myself is how you talk about yourself when speaking or writing.
An example of myself is how a child talks about their successes. (I did it myself!)
- That one identical with me.a. Used reflexively as the direct or indirect object of a verb or as the object of a preposition: I bought myself a new car.b. Used for emphasis: I myself was certain of the facts.c. Used in an absolute construction: In office myself, I helped her get a job.
- My normal or healthy condition or state: I'm feeling myself again.
Origin of myselfMiddle English mi-self from Old English mē selfum, mē selfne mē me ; see me-1 in Indo-European roots. selfum, selfne dative and accusative of self self ; see self .
Usage Note: The -self pronouns, such as myself, yourselves, and herself, are sometimes used as emphatic substitutes for personal pronouns, as in He was an enthusiastic fisherman like myself. The practice is particularly common in compound phrases: The boss asked John and myself to give a brief presentation. Although these usages have been common in the writing of reputable authors for several centuries, they may not sit well with many readers today. A majority of the Usage Panel dislikes them, though resistance has been eroding over the years. In our 1993 survey, 73 percent disapproved of the fisherman example quoted above. In 2009, only 55 percent disapproved of the same sentence. The Panel still finds the use of -self pronouns in compound constructions even less appealing, but here too the percentages have fallen over the years. In 1993, the John and myself example was rejected by 88 percent of the Panel. In 2009, 68 percent rejected the same sentence.
(reflexive case of I)
- (reflexive) Me, as direct or indirect object the speaker as the object of a verb or preposition, when the speaker is also the subject. [from 9th c.]
- I taught myself.
- Personally, for my part; used in apposition to I, sometimes for simple emphasis and sometimes with implicit exclusion of any others performing the activity described. [from 10th c.]
- Me (as the object of a verb or preposition). [from 10th c.]
- (archaic) I (as the subject of a verb). [from 14th c.]
- Either I or me, used when the speaker isn't sure which is grammatically correct and doesn't want to be wrong only half the time.
- We still need a few volunteers for Tuesday night, so see Sarah or myself if you want to help.
- Use where I could be used is mostly poetic or archaic, except with a coordinating conjunction, such as and.
- Garner's Modern American Usage (2009) reports opposition to the intensifier use, especially where I could be used.
- AP Stylebook Online (2010) reports opposition to the intensifier use as reflexive pronouns (myself) should not be used instead of objective pronouns (me).
- that being which is oneself
- I am not myself today.
- I'm going to make myself a sandwich and get back to work.
- I amaze myself with my cleverness.
- Thanks, but I did all this by myself until you came along.
- Until men learn the meaning of the word no, I'll protect myself in the way that has proven most effective.
- I've told myself that a hundred times.