I’m just so curious! I would really like to know why you don’t
believe that “disrespect” is a word.
Do you believe that disrespect is literally not a word, or is it just your personal opinion that such a negative word should not be accepted so casually in our vocabulary? Is this a grammar issue, or an issue of personal principle?
If the issue at hand is grammatical:
Everything that I have read not only affirms that it is in fact a word, but that it may be used as both a verb, and a noun. With the appropriate suffix, it may also be used as an adjective or adverb. I have read nowhere that the word “respect” may not be added upon, or seen any indication that a prefix would be improper. In fact, every dictionary that I have checked confirms that its usage is absolutely correct, and dates back as far as 1614.
I know that some people are unaware of how old the word is, because it widely fell out of use, and then had a very recent resurgence. Many people have the mistaken belief that it is incorrect because the sudden popularity of the word thrived mainly in hip hop culture.
I haven’t been able to come across anything that would support the idea that British English and American English differ in the use and acceptance of this particular word. As far as I can tell (and given its early origination date), I do believe that it is acceptable in both. Either way, I don’t believe that there is a very large British influence on the Nest, so there isn’t much reason to promote rules of “the Queen’s English” in a mostly American crowd.
I chose to communicate with you about your grammar complains here, because I don’t feel like it’s appropriate to turn threads into grammar discussions. Please clue me in on why you don’t believe it is a word (can you site any sources for me?). I really am very curious. Thank you!