Yes, our Asperger loved ones are often described as having “stilted, formal” speech patterns. Their lack of slang and casual speech (all situationally appropriate, and thus more difficult for the socially challenged to decode) cause them to lean this way.
Did you also know that they can tend to the poetic? That some autistic people create new, interesting words to describe already existing objects?
This phenomenon is known as neologism. Yes, I really did look this up. Not sure what that says about me – I shudder to think – but one day curiosity gained the upper hand.
It’s also one of the things I find fascinating and interesting about my family. Big shocker, I know. All the same, it’s just plain fun being around people who do interesting things to words.
I’ve seen this with other autistic people and families, as well. Clever word patterns, poetic phrases (not December, but “In the month of Christmas…” Now, doesn’t that promise a beautiful story?) and fun combo-creative words.
I love Asperger’s Syndrome. Enough said. 🙂