Could you pass the salt?

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According to the Google Ngram Viewer, "Could you pass the salt?" seems to be more common than "Could you pass me the salt?"

Could anyone please explain the logic behind it?
  • Glenfarclas

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    English (American)
    The recipient is understood in this type of question.

    I suspect that omitting the "me" is taken to make the sentence, on a certain formal level, more polite, as not sounding so needy and "egocentric."
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