Monday, July 18, 2005

Disrespect

From any glance at his blog and any glance at mine, it's obvious Jeff Harrell posts an awful lot (of really good material) and I not so much. I meant to get around to making the following comments a couple of weeks ago.

On July 2, he said,
“Disrespect” is not a verb. It’s a noun. Please make a note of it.
Now, no disrespect toward Jeff's writing prowess, but I think he's swimming aginst the tide here. Both Merriam-Webster and the American Heritage Dictionary consider it a transitive verb as well as a noun. It probably started out as just a noun and not a verb, and this is just one of those prescriptive vs. descriptive issues with dictionaries, but--if I may fling the clichés about a little casually in this paragraph--it looks as though the horse has left the barn on this one.

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