"disrespect / disrespected"

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

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I have only seen "disrespect" and "disrespectful" used as a noun and adjective respectively.
 

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My OED lists attestations of disrespect as a verb beginning in 1614.
 
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It certainly seems to have been gaining popularity as a verb in recent years.
 

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In any case, I believe Americans call it 'dissing'.
 
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According to this, its use as a verb is North American informal.
 

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I would not hesitate to use disrespect as a verb in any context.
 
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