Disclaimer: this article contains a lot of tongue-in-cheek humour that’s not to be taken seriously. And if I know anything about the internet, there are people out there who will take this tongue-in-cheek humour the wrong way. Readers are advised to concentrate on enjoying the article, rather than seeing it as a judgemental critique of humankind!
If you’re anything like me- particularly the bit about being on the autism spectrum- you may have trouble getting hints. You may prefer (and even naturally expect) people to:
- Say what they mean
- Mean what they say.
Unfortunately, the general population has a peculiar tradition of using words that don’t match their thoughts. Sometimes they are even known to say the complete opposite of what they mean (even in a non-sarcastic sense), with the expectation on us to interpret the thoughts in their head, rather than the words from their mouth.
But worry no more! Today I bring you a short translation project, which should help some of you navigate the (figurative) waters of people’s non-literal words.
So, here we go!
(2020 edit- these pictures were made in 2015, back when I used puzzle pieces in ANW’s logo. Trust me, I know better now.)
2019 edit– important note about #26. In the time this article’s been up, a few followers have kindly given me some insight into why this question is asked. Often it’s about reassurance rather than a literal question- the person wearing the dress may believe it looks pretty enough, but feel nervous about what everyone else is going to think. Reassurance from a second person often gives them the confidence they need to wear it comfortably in public.
No doubt there are a hundred more little hints that I missed. Feel free to share them in the comments!
Chris Bonnello / Captain Quirk-
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