An Asperger Dictionary of Everyday Expressions

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A guide to using the dictionary

(1) Absence of definite and indefinite articles

Entries are without definite and indefinite articles (‘the’, ‘an’, etc.). For example, ‘the real McCoy’ is entered as real McCoy.


(2) Phrases are usually listed as they are spoken

Entries are as far as possible done as they would be spoken. For example, ‘after their blood’ is entered as after their blood, not blood, after their. Where I have felt there could be difficulties in finding the phrase by this method, I have included directions to it using other keywords (e.g. walk on air is also referenced under air).


(3) Key part of phrases

Where there are several similar variants of the same phrase, I have usually simply entered the key part of the phrase; for example, there are various phrases like ‘a man after my own heart’, ‘a boy after their own heart’, etc. The key part of the phrase is after their own heart, and this is the phrase that is provided by this dictionary


(4) Use of their

Phrases usually can be used to describe or apply to a variety of people. For example, the phrase ‘after their blood’ can be used in the forms ‘after his blood’, ‘after our blood’, ‘after my blood’, ‘after their blood’, ‘after her blood’, ‘after its blood’, ‘after one’s blood’ and ‘after your blood’. Rather than have entries for each phrase, I have simply included one – namely, after their blood. In nearly all cases, I have used ‘their’ in preference to ‘one’, ‘his’, ‘her’, ‘its’, etc. This is because ‘their’ is arguably the most ‘neutral’ form. However, when ‘their’ is used, ‘her’, ‘his’, etc. can be substituted in. Where a phrase is given with something other than ‘their’ (e.g. are you sitting comfortably?) then this is because the phrase is usually only heard in this form.

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