A particular pet peeve of mine is academics who write sole-authored papers as “we”. So I was amused when A Word a Day dropped this into my inbox this afternoon.
nosism (NO-siz-em) noun
The use of ‘we’ in referring to oneself.
[From Latin nos (we).]
As it’s often used by editors, it’s also known as the “editorial we”. It’s also called “the royal we” owing to its frequent use by royalty.
Mark Twain once said, “Only kings, presidents, editors, and people with tapeworms have the right to use the editorial ‘we’.”