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Featured Idioms and Slang

Discussion in 'General Autism Discussion' started by Soleil, Oct 11, 2020.

  1. Soleil

    Soleil Well-Known Member

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    I believe I've heard that autistic people tend to have trouble with idioms and with slang, so I'm wondering about your experiences.

    I'm generally good with idioms, but then I'm pretty good at languages in general. So I have no trouble recognizing that certain set phrases mean something totally different from what the phrase suggests.

    Slang can be a little trickier, but I think that may just because there's less exposure; most idiomatic expressions have been around for decades or longer, while slang tends to fall out of use before I get a chance to really understand it.

    I do recall in elementary school a visiting youth group handed out shirts and said they were "tight". I was a little confused by this, but figured out they meant "cool, hip". I was also very confused by their little dance party when they said someone was "in the house" and talked about "raising the roof", both of which I only understood from context.
     
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  2. VictorR

    VictorR Random Member

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    I sometimes like interactions with older clients who like dropping idioms (e.g. water under the bridge) though admittedly I sometimes go scrambling to look them up.

    I don't think I've encountered "tight" but I recall "phat" become very confusing the first several times I heard it.
     
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  3. Bolletje

    Bolletje Overly complicated potato V.I.P Member

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    I don’t struggle with either.
     
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    ASD_Geek Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    Yes, I struggle with some. One that confounded me until relatively recently was, "you can't have your cake and eat it too." I always thought that what's the use of having cake if you can't eat it... lol
     
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  5. Aspychata

    Aspychata Serenity waves, beachy vibes

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    l like slang, l like learning different words that add a slant or color the meaning. l think you can be a word artist and connect dots to a different meaning causing others to open up their thinking.
     
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    PastelPetals Well-Known Member

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    Slang is hard for me. It changes too fast.
     
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  7. Au Naturel

    Au Naturel Au Naturel

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    Slang is just an extension of the language too recent to become universal. If you can look up something in a dictionary and it includes (slang) it is well on its way to not being slang anymore.
     
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    i dont use trendy slang. by the time i grasp it, the trend has past
     
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    Tom Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    I find some idioms interesting and try to learn the origin. Others are humorous as far as what people learning English must think when they hear them for the first time.
     
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    Progster Gone sideways to the sun V.I.P Member

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    I don't have difficulty with idioms and slang if I know them. I keep coming across slang all the time, I don't always know it, but do usually understand that it is slang or an expression and not to be taken literally.

    What causes me the greatest difficulty is acronyms. Sometimes I haven't a clue what a post talking about because the person is using acronyms specific to their country, culture or hobby and not explaining them. On an international forum like this, acronyms need to be explained. How am I to know that AMV = animated movie video if I'm not into anime, for example?
     
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    There have been multiple cases where folks have posted here using language or jargon that is alien to me.
    However search engines are a good source of enlightenment
     
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    I am a little better now, with idioms, although do get caught out with literalism. My husband is natorous for them and could be the reason why I am better now.

    As for slang words. I honestly have never understood the concept, but guess it is teens who want to rebel.

    Languages? I wouldn't mind getting a hit on my head lol Absolutely useless!
     
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    Au Naturel Au Naturel

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    If Google isn't an option or doesn't turn anything up, it is one of those things you have to ask. A lot of the autism jargon we throw around here would leave an NT confused.
     
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    :tearsofjoy::tearsofjoy::tearsofjoy: super funny
     
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    Yes^^^
    Noam Chomsky espouses this theory in the "language doesn't exist theory"
    Hence that people surely use spoken and written words to communicate but language does not exist.
    Through accentation and slang,language is ever changing and not absolute.
     
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    Try speaking with my accent and using idioms ,my accent is not received pronunciation ,what is thought of by a percentage of Americans as British,it's a mixture of Scots (not Edinburgh),R of Eire Irish ,Welsh and Yorkshire ,I hate speaking to call centres ,I use what some might call a slang word Scrike but it's Norwegian in origin
     
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    Streetwise very cautious contributor V.I.P Member

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    It's not useless, it's that you speak a very artificial language !,English you speak was created by tradesmen and how many are they? ,if you had learned old English ,you would find latinate languages logical !but you learned a very complex language ,latinate languages(French ,Italian ,Spanish ,Portuguese,German (slightly different has neuter(neutral) words)are another system ,how could you easily learn that words are male or female !!!
     
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    Nervous Rex High-functioning autistic V.I.P Member

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    I feel like I can kill any cool trend simply by adopting it. Me doing it instantly makes it uncool.

    I know what slang is, because I google whatever new slang I don't understand. But I don't use it because I never feel like I could pull it off.
     
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    Progster Gone sideways to the sun V.I.P Member

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    Yes, Google does often help, but not always. Or, people could take the trouble to write it out in full once at least, putting the acronym in brackets, as is common in academic practice :)
    Yes... what's NT?
    NT =
    Next Topic
    National
    Northern Territory
    New Technology
    No Time
    New Testament'
    etc, etc for another 5 pages.
    What does NT stand for?
    (I know what NT means - I'm just using it here as an example to illustrate how sometimes Googling things doesn't always help much :) )
     
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    Streetwise very cautious contributor V.I.P Member

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    Being autistic, I consume researching like a wildfire, I discovered the urban dictionary for slang! as I listen to a react to music channel(YouTube) and Jamel the person reacting uses a certain amount of African American slang .