Hulga (cantfindnoname) wrote in linguaphiles,
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'We (the team I support) won today'

Hello!

When sports fans refer to the teams they support, they tend to use the first plural pronoun, so they'll say 'we lost', 'we were great' and so on.
Now, obviously, they refer to the players who took part and not to themselves, as they weren't there on the pitch/field/etc playing.

I was wondering if this phenomenon falls under any linguistic category (perhaps some kind of metonymy?) and if so, how could one explain it linguistically?

Thank you for any ideas!
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