Aren’t We Glad We Are In Touch with Our Grammatical Person?

I don’t know about you, but for me the use of “we” as a literary device is obnoxious. Does the author really know that what they are writing about pertains to whomever is reading? Whoever first thought of using “we”? Even if I can relate to something I am reading, I feel turned off by being generically included, as if the use of “we” would make me feel more engaged with the material.

I’ve used the first-person plural “we” before in some writings just because it is a standard literary tool, but decided a while back to never use it again.

And you too!

The second-person singular “you” is just as obnoxious, if not slightly more so. When an author uses “you” it is as if they are so arrogant that they don’t even feel what they are writing about pertains to them. “I as the author am directly addressing you, and you shall feel empathy with what I am writing.” However, the epitome of literary arrogance occurs when an author uses “we” (although they really mean “you”) just to come off as being more humble and less scathing.

We don’t like second-person singulars nor first-person plurals, and don’t you know it!

It may seem pompous or ego-centric to always use the first-person singular, “I”. But really, what other choice do I have? I can only speak for myself and what I have experienced to be true. Anything else would be insulting to the readers’ grammatical person.

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