- For Teachers
I think this expression must be wrong
" Excuse myself I will call you back later"
Am I wrong?
There was a time, quite recently, when prescriptive grammarians got very snooty about 'me' and 'I'. This had two results:
- A rash of hypercorrections (=getting it wrong by trying too hard to get it right), such as 'a girl like I'
- The slightly cleverer, but equally objectionable, substitution of 'myself' for either. Low-ranking workers in shops often do this, but in the second person (where it makes no difference, as 'you' doesn't decline - so there's nothing to get wrong): 'If you leave your number, we'll contact yourself when it's back in stock'. (I remember an estate agent saying to me 'It's a matter of what appeals to yourself'. [It didn't ])
This isn't right, but it happens.