February 2010

Steve Kandell, “Who Put the ‘Ass’ in ‘Asperger’s’?Details (February 2010)

“People are constantly seeking new sources of vocabulary, especially when it comes to ridiculing the awkward,” says Ben Zimmer, a linguist and the executive producer of the Visual Thesaurus, a lexicology website. “We think of psychiatric terms as needing to be precise, but they fall in and out of fashion.”

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