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    "disrespect / disrespected"

    I keep hearing that someone "disrespected" someone or something. Is this proper grammar? I would have thought that the correct way of saying it would be: "he/she was disrespectful to someone or something." Am I wrong about this or has the English language changed that much since my own school days?

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    Re: "disrespect / disrespected"

    A quick Google search found a late 18th-century attestation of to disrespect. I'll try to remember to look it up in my OED the next time I get it out to see how far back it's shown there.
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    Re: "disrespect / disrespected"

    I don't recall hearing "disrespect" being used as a verb before the mid 90s.
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    Re: "disrespect / disrespected"

    I have only seen "disrespect" and "disrespectful" used as a noun and adjective respectively.
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    Re: "disrespect / disrespected"

    My OED lists attestations of disrespect as a verb beginning in 1614.
    Last edited by GoesStation; 15-Oct-2017 at 04:09.
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    Re: "disrespect / disrespected"

    It certainly seems to have been gaining popularity as a verb in recent years.

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    Re: "disrespect / disrespected"

    In any case, I believe Americans call it 'dissing'.

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    Re: "disrespect / disrespected"

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    In any case, I believe Americans call it 'dissing'.
    Some Americans do.

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    Re: "disrespect / disrespected"

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    That depends on how long ago you were at school. The verb 'disrespect' appears in dictionaries today. Here is one example: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disrespect
    ahem, I graduated from high school in 1963 before furthering my education in university so guess I'm of the "old school".....

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    Re: "disrespect / disrespected"

    Quote Originally Posted by ladyinthemists View Post
    Ahem, I graduated from high school in 1963 before furthering my education in university, so I guess I'm of the "old school".
    Ahem.

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