Why do hams refer to themselves as WE instead of I?

Discussion in 'On-Air Operations - Q&A' started by W0RIO, Feb 22, 2019.

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  1. WJ4U

    WJ4U Ham Member QRZ Page

    We, we, we, all the way home! :p
  2. W0RIO

    W0RIO Ham Member QRZ Page

    Aha! Maybe the "we" thing may have its roots in Canada.
    Sacre Bleu.

    Last edited: Aug 16, 2019
  3. NM7G

    NM7G Ham Member QRZ Page

    The behavior is in no way unique to hams. I frequently hear journalists say it, and their interviewees, especially politicians. I've used we on-air was when I had a guest in the shack. Perhaps that included a cat on my lap -:). 73
  4. WA9SVD

    WA9SVD Ham Member QRZ Page

    I don't know (or really care) how others ID. If I am alone at my home station, it is always "I." IF I am at the club station, "we" is common if there (often) are other operators present.
  5. VK6ZGO

    VK6ZGO Ham Member QRZ Page

    "Youse" had a bit of a run in general conversation among the "yutes" of the time in Vk6, back in the late 1950s/early '60s, but it died out.
    The first time I listened to Hams, back in that time period, one bloke was using the "Royal we".

    How about the operators that suffix sentences with "there"?
    Not to mention "Hi Hi" for laughter ---on phone!
  6. VK6ZGO

    VK6ZGO Ham Member QRZ Page

    Another one that is still pretty common in VK, is "us", as in :-"Chuck us that spanner, Bill",
    or if someone is "having a go at you" about something :- "Give us a break!"
  7. W4HWD

    W4HWD Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    Ham radio is a sedentary activity and many individual hams I know are the size of two or more people - thus the “we”.
    WD4ELG and WD4IGX like this.
  8. W9WQA

    W9WQA Ham Member QRZ Page

    always someone else to blame when it goes haywire...
  9. KI6J

    KI6J Ham Member QRZ Page

    It is an artifact of upper class society at the turn of the 20th century. Saying "I" too much was considered arrogant and self-absorbed, especially for women.
  10. WJ4U

    WJ4U Ham Member QRZ Page

    Just me and this big chip on my shoulder. ;)

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