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with respect…

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With respect…is a phrase that may be written in the correspondence pages of medical and scientific journals when responding to a colleague with whom one clearly disagrees.

With respect… often means quite the opposite, but is much more polite than alternatives–e.g., Listen, you cretin, etc.

Reference BMJ 2011; 342:editorial comment, Fiona Godlee; D Spence, pp 8-9

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