Please consider Brent’s “Literal Mind” when you use this saying…. CUT A RUG: This is a slang expression for dancing. It originates from the idea that you may have to move rugs out of the way to dance or can describe someone who dances so much that they wear a hole in the rug.
Brent often reads this story from our book when we speak at schools and conferences. Can you imagine experiencing all of the sensory overload he did and also being afraid about this? Please have compassion for those on the autism spectrum. You may not know what they are worried about…. The Monkey Bars story and [...]
On January 21, 2013 Barack Obama was inaugurated to his second term as President of the United States. As he begins his second term in office, he may now be referred to as a “Lame Duck” President. The term “Lame Duck” originated in the 1700s to describe a stockbroker who did not meet his debts. [...]
Santa Claus vs. Santa Claws…..an interesting thought?? This could easily be misunderstood by many young children. We recommend making sure your children know who they are going to visit at the mall this year. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!
We hope everyone is having a happy holiday! Here is one of our favorite cartoons, and very appropriate for today too. Dress the turkey.
This describes someone that leads a very inactive lifestyle. This is usually a person who spends a lot of time on the couch watching television.
This is a common way to wish “good luck” to an actor or performer before they go on stage. Some people believe that by saying the opposite of what you really want you will prevent something bad from happening.
Americans often use the term “getting fired” when they are asked to leave their employment. This term implies that it is the employee’s fault, unlike someone leaving a job willingly.
This is a slang term used for a mental institution or a place where people go when they are having mental problems. Sometimes these people are considered, “funny in the head”.
The expression was used to describe a dishonest merchant promising a pig but selling a cat. Most people use it to refer to someone who reveals a secret without meaning to.
A way to refer to someone that is teasing you or playing a joke on you. it could also be said about a person that you think is lying to you.
This is said if you are describing something in a very brief or concise way. If you don’t want to hear all of the details of a story you might say, “just tell me in a nutshell.”
This refers to a group of people who work together to come up with solutions for issues or problems. It is believed that more people sharing ideas is better than someone working alone.
This describes a person that is causing trouble or breaking things. China is fragile dish-ware and a strong bull would cause a lot of damage if allowed near it. It can also mean aggressiveness or pushiness.
In this term the word pool means grouping together resources for a common advantage. People who share rides in the same car save fuel and money and help the environment by emitting less gas pollutants.
The definition of a “hold up” is a delay, or informally it means an attempt to rob (or steal) from someone with a weapon. It is common to refer to a bank robbery as a “bank hold up”.
A hand held device that controls the cursor on a computer screen. It is called a mouse because some people think it looks like the animal with a small body and the cord as the tail.
This is a common saying for someone that is going to bed. It originated long ago when people slept on sacks of hay, before they had mattresses. People sometimes say, “hit the hay”, which means the same thing.
In honor of our two week long road trip we give you this week’s idiom: Happy Camper! We will be uploading photos and stories from our cross country trip in the Celebrate Autism van soon. Stay tuned! An informal way to describe someone that is very happy or satisfied. It could also be used to [...]
This is a common expression used to describe someone that you cherish above all others. It was used by Shakespeare and can also be found in passages in the Bible.
Frozen pre-made meals that come in serving trays that can be easily warmed and eaten off of your lap or on a small table. Many people eat these while watching television.
Someone that is on the internet-formally known as the World Wide Web (www) and commonly called “the web”. Surfing is the verb that describes searching through channels or networks for information, not riding waves.