self-reference

self-reference
self′-ref′erence
n.
off reference made to oneself, to one's own character or experience, or to a group with which one identifies
self′-referen′tial, self′-refer′ring, adj. usage: Social, ethnic, or other groups often use terms of self-reference in a neutral, even affectionate or jocular way, much like nicknames. However, when used by outsiders, these very same terms may be perceived as highly offensive. Examples of self-referential terms are nigger, geek, Canuck, conch, queer

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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