from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The practice of referring to oneself in the third person.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The unnecessarily frequent use of the pronoun he by a writer, especially in reference to himself in the third person; also, an instance of this use.
From Latin ille ("that man; he") + -ism (modelled on egoism). (Wiktionary)
It is effectively the Baseball Hall of Fame's pause before the steroid storm really hits, so let's all sit back and chuckle at Rickey Henderson's illeism and malapropisms and magnificent sense of self.