What ‘with all due respect’ really means.

“Hey turd face…”

With all Due Respect

Maybe something worse. I’m not sure it has always been a precursor to hidden negative sentiment, but it’s very clear what it means today. Any time someone starts a sentence by saying ‘with all due respect’ you can be certain you’re about to be on the receiving end of something disrespectful. It’s a phrase I’d never use.

It’s a another reminder that language is a living organism where meanings change. Definitions and desired message can oppose each other and become a tool to create fear and insult. In the end it’s up to us to interpret what people are really trying to say.

You should totally read my book – The Great Fragmentation.