An Asperger Dictionary of Everyday Expressions

Book Review - An Aspergers Dictionary An Asperger Dictionary of Everyday Expressions
 Ian Stuart-Hamilton,
 Jessica Kingsley Publishers
 ISBN 1843101521, £13.95


Stuart-Hamilton sets out to explain everyday phrases that are intended to be interpreted symbolically, and which would be meaningless, confusing or embarrassing if interpreted literally, writes Beth Billington

The dictionary contains a clear guide and includes politeness ratings, indicating the level of offence that may be caused when using certain words or phrases. It seems that most everyday expressions are included.

I tested the book with all the proverbs of I could think of, and nearly all were there. Examples include: “Don’t be blonde: Don’t be stupid. The phrase is potentially offensive and care should be taken in using it.”

This book would be helpful for anyone with Asperger’s syndrome. It is easy to read but contains some abusive language so is not recommended for young children. 

Beth Billington is a trainee clinical psychologist at Lancaster University, and has a younger brother with autism.

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