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Wed., Sept. 25, 2013, 8:55 a.m.

“No respect to you, but…”

One of the overlooked downsides to losing touch with old friends is that you no longer get to trot out insider phrases for the sake of amusement.

Let me illustrate what I mean.

Back when I was a college freshman or sophomore, I was in a history class when a fellow student took issue with something the professor had said.

Now I don't know if this guy -- I hesitate to call him a "kid" because I remember he was a returned Vietnam veteran -- was high or simply misspoke. But when he began to address the prof, in a courteous manner, it didn't come out right.

"No respect to you, but ..." he began.

When I got back to my dorm, I shared that. And soon several of my fellow scholars were finding all sorts of occasions for recycling that botched expression.

"No respect to you, but ..."

I lost touch with those guys long ago. But sometimes when I hear a speaker say "No disrespect" I find myself going back in time and enjoying the memory of my friends putting our special spin on that. 

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