I know that English is always changing. I know that I cannot stop a new usage.
The use of ‘myself’ instead of ‘I’ or ‘me’ and ‘yourself’ instead of ‘you’ really grates on my ears.
I feel like a minority of one on this. I have noticed this becoming more and more prevalent over the last 20 years. In my experience every person I have ever talked to for an extended time as used ‘myself’ and ‘yourself’ at least once in this way. It also seems to be being used in newspapers and books.
(Examples from wikipedia)
“Pat and myself went shopping” should be “Pat and I went shopping”
“Sam wants to give yourself a gift” should be “Sam wants to give you a gift”
“Joe likes myself and Alex” should be “Joe likes me and Alex”
These forms have passed into such common usage as to be considered acceptable by some.
I remember the first few times I received an email from bosses at work saying at the end “Any questions, call myself.” I remember thinking…if I have a question I should call myself ?
When I came back to Australia from Japan (after teaching English there for 2 years) I remember saying “How are you?” to people. They would often reply “Fine yourself.” I was puzzled about why I should fine myself. Until I realised they were saying “Fine. Yourself ?”
I now have people phoning me at work saying “I have an account with yourselves.” With ourselves?
Am I a minority of one who does not do this? Am I a minority of one in not liking this usage?