"Us ourselves"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Apr 23 05:29:17 UTC 2008

>From Slashdot:

"[T]hey [PayPal] didn't respond to _us ourselves_ at all. [We had to
hire a lawyer.]"

I've never seen "us ourselves" before. Indeed, all cases of -self
/-selves in this kind of construction seem rather odd. But, again,
maybe that's just me.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
 -Sam'l Clemens

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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