themself

themself
themself PRONOUN (third person sing. ) informal used instead of ‘himself’ or ‘herself’ to refer to a person of unspecified sex.
USAGE The standard reflexive form corresponding to they and them is themselves, as in they can do it themselves. The singular form themself, first recorded in the 14th century, has re-emerged in recent years to correspond to the singular gender-neutral use of they, as in this is the first step in helping someone to help themself. It is not generally accepted as good English, however.

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  • themself — The standard reflexive form of they and them is themselves (as in The children have hurt themselves), but a form themself is recorded (with plural reference) from the 14c to the 16c, when it fell out of use. In the 1980s it was rediscovered in… …   Modern English usage

  • themself — themselfˈ pronoun (informal; unrecognized in standard English) Introduced as a sing pronoun to avoid ↑himself or ↑herself when the sex of the person is unspecified • • • Main Entry: ↑themselves …   Useful english dictionary

  • themself — [[t]ðəmse̱lf[/t]] PRON REFL: v PRON, prep PRON Themself is sometimes used instead of themselves when it clearly refers to a singular subject. Some people consider this use to be incorrect. No one perceived themself to be in a position to hire… …   English dictionary

  • themself — pronoun [third person singular] informal used instead of ‘himself’ or ‘herself’ to refer to a person of unspecified sex. Usage The standard reflexive form corresponding to they and them is themselves. The singular form themself has been used… …   English new terms dictionary

  • themself — them|self [ ðəm self ] pronoun Themself is a reflexive pronoun, being a reflexive form of they. used instead of himself or herself for referring back to the subject of a sentence, especially when the subject is a word such as everyone, someone,… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • themself — UK [ðəmˈself] / US pronoun Summary: Themself is a reflexive pronoun, being a reflexive form of they. used instead of himself or herself for referring back to the subject of a sentence, especially when the subject is a word such as everyone ,… …   English dictionary

  • themself — pronoun /ˈðɛmˌsɛlf/ Reflexive and emphatic form of them when them is used as a non gender specific singular pronoun (singular they). Someone has hurt themself. Syn: himself, herself, themselves, thonself, xirself, eirself …   Wiktionary

  • themself — them|self [ðəmˈself] pron spoken used when you are talking about one person, but you want to avoid saying himself or herself because you do not know the sex of the person. Many people think this use is incorrect ▪ It makes me happy to help… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • give smb enough rope and they will hang themself — give someone enough time and freedom to do what they want and they will make a mistake or get into trouble and be caught Don t worry about trying to control him. If you give him enough rope he will hang himself …   Idioms and examples

  • theirself / theirselves / themself / themselves —    Only themselves is correct as a reflexive or emphatic pronoun: They gave themselves all the credit for the rescue …   Confused words

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