Saturday, February 4, 2012

The Top 5 Phrases that Drive me Crazy

Okay, I lied.  I'm back.  But I may be just popping in.  I'm taking part in this week's Listography. And it's for a very important reason....see No 1. below.


So here are the top five phrases that drive me crazy:


5. 'We offer the lowest fares blah blah blah', from the chief executive of a certain airline whose low fares I've never managed to enjoy because I usually have to fly at short notice.  Of course I still have to put up with the awful conditions and sneaky charges that the cheap ticket people obviously don't mind.


4. 'I'm not tired.'  Something I've been hearing from different children for the past 19 years.  I know they're tired.   I wish they would just stop saying it and go to sleep!


3. 'He needs a good smack'.  Said by people who see my aspie boy in meltdown.


2.  'We are where we are' - used by Governments right now to justify whatever cuts they plan to make.


1. 'There is no such thing as autism'. This unbelievable statement was in yesterday's Irish Examiner ** along with a lot of other upsetting stuff about it all being the fault of the parents etc etc.  Please don't be fooled. I think this is the start of a campaign to undermine support services for all vulnerable people, before they are cut, as they were in the UK this week.  






** It's also on my Facebook page.










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25 comments:

  1. Ok I'll skip right to the end. Read the article - can't believe a) it was written and b) the Irish Examiner published it. Anyone reading this who agrees should tweet @irishexaminer with hashtag #apologycalledfor. As if mums of special needs children don't have enough to deal with.

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  2. I cannot believe what I've just read (uhm, Irish Examiner, not your list, obviously!) I will tweet Kate's suggestion too. As for your list, it made me sad hearing about people's reactions when your little one has a meltdown. I find people are so quick to judge harshly, negatively and incorrectly than to take a SECOND to think of an alternative! You must have nerves of steel woman!! I salute you! Oh, and great list x

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  3. It makes me angry for anyone to deny autism. I work with young people who have ADHD and they people say it all the time. Great list x

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  4. Wow! I can't believe you've come across such terrible reactions from people. How awful. Really thought provoking list. Well done.

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  5. Totally gobsmacked by "there is no such thing as autism".
    So sorry about the "needs a good smack" comment. Hope you have thought of a witty comeback answer! :)

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  6. Totally agree with all 5. Anyone who says that themselves deserve a good slap...end of!

    Have read and cannot bring myself to comment on that article...and by article I refer to the author as well as the piece! I have 'liked' others comments but there isn't enough space anywhere for me to respond/rant. Suffice it to say that his theory was popular about 50 years ago and was rightly recinded. 'Nuff said. I do agree with your cynical view point... how handy is the timing of this 'article'...eh?

    xx Jazzy

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  7. Am in absolute shock over the article in the IE. Disgusting.
    Funnily enough, out of the people in the area that I know who have children with autism, none of them at all have had any career in science or maths... in fact I'm the only one out of us who went to uni to do science. However I'm a SAHM and have been since Max was born.

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  8. @Kate - the other four are also phrases that annoy me greatly :)

    @Alma - thanks for the tweet support and your comments x

    @JoJo - sorry to hear that the young people you work with are struggling to get people to believe their ADHD diagnosis x

    @farfromhomemamma - glad you found it interesting :)

    @Di - I always think of the witty comeback two hours later *sigh*

    @jazzygal - I was too angry to write anything at first and now I am waiting for inspiration, but none so far, and others have written great response blogs. Though I think the more the better xx

    @Marylin - it just shows you doesn't it? Though I have no particular problem with a possible correlation between parental interests and having kids with asd, it's his blaming the parents that I am so angry about x

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  9. Oh man - the comment about autism stinks - so bad i can almost smell it here in Glasgow.
    I think our respective governments are just trying to get rid of what they think is a problem - give our kids a good smack and they'll behave.

    I used to have a little respect for David Cameron - given he has a son with disabilities. Now i KNOW he hasn't a clue - if he did, he wouldn't be suggesting drastic cuts. He is lucky that his family have money, many of us don't have that or the clout he has

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  10. Oh man - the comment about autism stinks - so bad i can almost smell it here in Glasgow.
    I think our respective governments are just trying to get rid of what they think is a problem - give our kids a good smack and they'll behave.

    I used to have a little respect for David Cameron - given he has a son with disabilities. Now i KNOW he hasn't a clue - if he did, he wouldn't be suggesting drastic cuts. He is lucky that his family have money, many of us don't have that or the clout he has

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  11. Glad I have been having a great weekend - it's so easy to get dragged even further down by things like this (have you seen my post http://www.stephstwogirls.blogspot.com/2012/01/pathological-demand-avoidance-my.html which includes link to a ridiculous Daily mail article?!) but right now I just can't let them spoil my life. Have commented on facebook and twittered.
    More importantly though, how are you doing? You're not going to leave the blogging really are you? You've been a real inspiration and help to me, please don't go!!

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  12. @Julie - I still can't get over David Cameron turning his back on other families who have children with disabilities :(

    @Steph - Hope I haven't upset your great weekend too much, but thanks for your lovely words. No I'm not going to stop blogging, but I might take a (short) break, and since I normally blog every 2-3 days, I may not be gone for long at all. I'll go and check out your link in a mo x

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  13. I've just read this

    http://bit.ly/wL2NCf

    I'm thinking you might well have something useful to say.

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  14. All annoying and deeply unhelpful. Shame on the Irish Examiner for printing such obvious b/s.

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  15. @Lucy - I saw that blog this morning and was interested alright

    @Very Bored in Catalunya - Thank you, that's exactly what most parents are thinking x

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  16. I know who needs a good smack---those people making those horrible remarks and a few unmentionables at the Examiner. Ugghhh!

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  17. do you punch the ones that recommend smacking?

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    1. I'm afraid I don't do confrontation and I always think of a witty response hours later. I think I need a friend like you x

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  18. Sat here with my chin on the floor! I don't often swear but that's f**king unbelievable. How can the Irish Examiner publish that? My sister cares for children with Autism - I'm going to send her that article. As for the people who recommend smacking Aspie Boy, I hope you have a sarcastic reply to them. Some people make me sick.

    p.s. The "I'm not tired" one is a pure classic :)

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    1. I wonder what your sister will say? The controversy is only getting bigger here as the days go by...

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  19. Ooh I saw that about there being no autism and thought instantly of you and what your reaction might be!

    So many bad decisions being made with 'cuts' being the justification. It's an absolute disgrace. And yes, 'I'm not tired', well I think we're on phase one of learning that one with "NO!" combined with headshake 9 out of 10 times I try and put B'zoid down for a nap these days *sigh* xX

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    1. T.I.R.E.D. Was the first word my dd learned how to spell. "No I'm not!", she'd say indignantly ...xx

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  20. Every time you post about how people are getting it wrong, you hopefully help people start to learn to get it right. Well done you.

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