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Origin of theirself
Words nearby theirself
What does theirself mean?
Theirself is a singular, gender-neutral pronoun used as an alternative to the plural-sounding themselves or to the gender-specific himself or herself.
Theirself is used in instances when the gender of the subject is unknown or when the subject has a gender identity other than male or female, such as nonbinary. The singular, gender-neutral pronoun themself is synonymous with theirself.
Example: Anyone who says they aren’t scared of the dark is kidding theirself.
Where does theirself comes from?
Your spell checker might mark theirself as incorrect, but it’s been around for several centuries. A version of theirself was even used in Middle English. There has been an increase in usage of theirself over time across spoken and written English, especially along with the rise in the use of they as a singular, gender-neutral pronoun.
Theirself is modeled after the pronouns herself and himself and can be used in any of the ways that those are:
- They theirself said it.
- I hate when an author gives theirself too much credit for the success of the movie adaptation.
- Not one of you can call theirself a true fan.
- It’s nice to see Dana feeling like theirself again.
In many of these sentences, themselves is the more traditional choice, but it tends to imply that the subject is plural, hence the use of theirself as an alternative.
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How is theirself used in real life?
Theirself is used to refer to a singular subject but otherwise can be used in many situations and constructions.
I don't know who needs to hear this but life is not a competition. Always aspire to continually learn and grow but don't focus on other's progression in life. Impossible to know their full story. Only how they present theirself publicly.
— Phil of the Punxsutawney Phil's (@PhilAIV) December 19, 2019
There is a kid who I've been in many classes with since freshman year. They went from ball caps and camo to wearing accessories in their beard, painting their nails, and wearing skirts.
It's just wholesome to see someone explore and grow into theirself
— 𝘽𝙤𝙮 𝙎𝙝𝙖𝙥𝙚𝙙 𝘽𝙡𝙤𝙗 @ waiting.. (@astrobat_) January 23, 2020
if you see a tweet of someone who’s down or hating theirself THEY’RE NOT ATTENTION SEEKERS THEY’RE ASKING FOR SOMEONE TO LISTEN THEM
— 𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐚|𝐟𝐚𝐧 𝐚𝐜𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭 (@gwsluve) December 12, 2019
Try using theirself!
Imagine you’re taking a survey asking about your idea of the ideal coworker. Use theirself in a sentence describing what they would be like.
Example sentences from the Web for theirself
“We live in a society where there are girls who are in love with theirself and flaunt it but the majority are insecure,” says one.Cara Delevingne Posts Protest Picture Of Her Boob (With Taped-Out Nipple)|Tom Sykes|July 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Sometimes theirself is substituted for theirselves, as in "they all seen it theirself."The American Language|Henry L. Mencken
And when they were come to theirself again they went to the good man and prayed him that he would say them truth.Le Morte D'Arthur, Volume II (of II)|Thomas Malory