An Asperger Dictionary of Everyday Expressions: Second Edition

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Nov 15, 2006 - Psychology - 256 pages

This revised and expanded edition adds over 300 new expressions that help unlock the meaning of everyday expressions.

Both informative and entertaining, the book addresses an important aspect of social communication for people with Asperger Syndrome, who use direct, precise language and `take things literally'. This dictionary aims to dispel any confusion that arises from the misinterpretation of language. It provides explanations of over 5000 idiomatic expressions and a useful guide to their politeness level. Each expression is accompanied by a clear explanation of its meaning and when and how it might be used. The expressions are taken from British and American English, with some Australian expressions included as well.

Although the book is primarily intended for people with Asperger Syndrome, it will be useful for anyone who has problems understanding idiomatic and colloquial English. An essential resource and an informative read; this dictionary will assist in a wide range of situations.


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I haven't read this book or bought it ( if the economy didn't "suck" so much I'd buy it and I would like to add I have not been diagnosed with any mental or social condition so the description is true this book is for anyone), all I know is I googled 'what is the difference in context between "f*ck you" and "f*ck off" ?' and since google is the only thing in this universe I can depend on with 100% satisfaction it of course answered my question, even though I severely doubted it would, with this book. It is very detailed, very professional, and yes it is VERY entertaining, so much I kept reading after my question had been answered. Ian Stuart Hamilton not only gives a interpretation but he gives good examples of how idiomatic expressions are used in context. 

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Professor Ian Stuart-Hamilton was successively a researcher or lecturer at the Universities of Manchester, Lancaster, Buckingham and Worcester, and is currently Professor of Developmental Psychology and Faculty Head of Research at University of Glamorgan.

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