What we mean when we say ‘we’

This slippery little pronoun can have any number of meanings — a fact that populist demagogues are gleefully exploiting

A world without pronouns would be a tedious one. “Bryan Fielding was an ordinary man. Bryan Fielding did not think of Bryan Fielding as an ordinary man, but Bryan Fielding most certainly was.” Pronouns save us time by avoiding the need to spell out the objects of our utterances in full at every…