Law Religion Culture Review

Exploring the intersections of law, religion and culture. Copyright by Richard J. Radcliffe. All rights reserved.

Saturday, January 01, 2005

It's Axiomatic!

Conversational cues such as, “With all due respect….” and “Taking nothing away from X….”, the content following the ellipses usually constitutes a contradiction of the preceding clause. For instance, some of the most insulting comments to a judge and counsel in a courtroom follow the ubiquitous, “With all due respect…” showing a lack of any respect. In sports talk, as another example, I have observed that when a commentator starts his or her statement with “Taking nothing away from X team….”, the commentator proceeds to do exactly that.