Gordon Bennett: Shazam999: Wow, "with all due respect" is an insult eh? I'll have to remember that when I deal with Brits.Oh yes, very much so. It's a bit difficult to explain something ingrained by culture but I'll try.Due respect is assumed by the person's position or authority. True respect can only be earned. By pointing out that all due respect is given the speaker implies there is no earned respect. More or less.What it means, if you're being direct, is "You are an absolute cretin and utter incompetent with no right to be above me, but as you are I must appear to defer to you before telling you exactly why you are wasting everyone's time with your inane ramblings."
opiumpoopy: dragonhead: "with all due respect" specifically means "you're wrong, and I've finally managed to sum up the courage to tell you"I disagree. It's more "you're wrong AND I think you're an idiot".Hence why politicians use it.
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