Two questions--myself and flush out

Charles Wells charles at FREUDE.COM
Thu Jun 6 20:27:46 UTC 2002

My son and I noticed ten years ago that the vowels in "flesh" and "flush"
(in any context followed by a voiceless consonant) seemed to be merging in
the mouths of teenage suburban girls in the Cleveland area.  We thought of
it as Valley Girl talk.

--Charles Wells

>I have recently noticed two different usages that I'd
>like to know more about. The first is the use of
>"myself" in place of both "me" and "I".
>1. Send the document to Bob and myself.
>2. Bob and myself will be heading up the meeting.
>I thought it might be a way of avoiding the conundrum
>of rembering which pronoun to use. However, I have no
>idea if there is a long history to this usage or not,
>so if anyone has any info on this, I'd appreciate it.
>The second is the term "flush out" to mean "flesh
>out".    I heard fairly often at my work, and assumed
>it was some sort of mispronunciation that's going
>around. I was very surprised to see it in print in The
>Ten-Day MBA by Steven Silberger: p. 20 "The following
>questions help to flush that out."  Any
>thoughts/history on this one?
>Ed Keer
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