If I understand what just happened here, we've witnessed an interesting sociological/etymological evolution within this mini-community we've created.Originally Posted by wendiness
A character on a certain television show used the transitive verb "respect" in a non-standard manner to refer to a biological function. This community adopted the variant definition and repeatedly used it in its communications with each other. (An outsider would have found these communications benign and even a bit confusing.) However, within this group, the word achieves such currency that a member actually became genuinely (albeit mistakenly) offended when this term was directed to her.
When our hero Matt used a certain C- word to refer to a woman in the swimming pool, quite a few people here took offense to what he said. However, prior to the early twentieth century, that word was standard English and simply described a part of the female anatomy without any insulting meaning associated with it. (The poet Chaucer even used the word in "The Canterbury Tales," although it was spelled in Middle English as "queynte.") It was not until the first two decades of the last century that the C- word gained its derogatory meaning, first within a limited community and then, later, expanding out to the general English-speaking population. It is now almost universally regarded as insulting.
We may not yet have incorporated the word "respect" into any memorable literature. However, what Matt's word took centuries to achieve, we have done in a matter of weeks. We should all be proud of and amazed at ourselves.