The word “respect” has two distinctly separate applications.

Admiration:  to say, “I respect and admire Albert Schweitzer” is redundant.  I look up to the man.

To allow a thing to be itself, acknowledging what it is for what it’s worth:  “When meeting a strange dog, you must respect his territory.”  You don’t admire it, you observe it as a boundary.

For those who froth at the mouth whenever I use the word “respect” in dealing with people I can’t stand, here is a mental trick to help you remember that there are two senses to the word.

The song “Respect” was originally performed by its writer, Otis Redding, backed by Steve “the Colonel” Cropper and Isaac Hayes, among others, and the arrangement was very different from the better known version released by Aretha Franklin two years later.  Same lyrics, different song.

The management hopes this mnemonic device supports those who are deficient in sense and sensibility, lack proficiency in contextual discernment, or who have perfect hearing but don’t listen.

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