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By dammit hearing aid / Thursday 10 July 2014 22:17 / United States - Wallingford
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We didn't beat their "island", we used guerrilla tactics to win a war on land against a military that excelled in naval combat. If we had actually attempted to besiege the British kingdom, we would have quickly been decimated. Think before you speak. Especially when you sound like an ignorant fool.

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The standard American accent is actually closer to what English people would've sounded like in those days, Queen's English actually came into use after America was colonised. The more you know.. :)

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#14 so you think an entire country should aquire a British accent? That's brilliant. I wish we thought of that sooner. Point goes to the country with the whitest teeth: Britain! oh wait...

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this reminds of a previous FML, when the guy was trying to ask the girl he liked of she was artistic in an attempt at flirting, but instead said autistic. it happens to the best I guess

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Yeah, it's a very common mistake. I was in this team that combined different arts together and did shows for other schools. Since the team's name is an acronym, the principals always said the full name, which sometimes lead to us being the "Students Working Autistically Together" team instead of "Artistically".

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Hopefully she understood that you weren't trying to make a joke. It must be hard enough raising kids with birth defects without having people make jokes about them (intentionally or otherwise).

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Honestly if you had autistic children you would understand. People who are mildly autistic aren't severely hindered and their brains actually work better in some ways. People with sever autism may never once show their parents love and it is difficult, if not impossible for them to function in society. My cousin has moderate autism and while he can get simple, stress free jobs it is very unlikely that he will ever be able to live on his own. At 23 he still lives with his mother because she needs to help him with social interactions. Another friend of mine with two children who are severely autistic can barely cope because her children, at the age of seven have never once told or showed her that they love her because they simply cannot. She tries so much to help them as best as she can but there is only so much she can do.

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Autism affects different people very differently. One person might be a socially awkward genius while another might never speak in their life. It really depends on the person. What they probably meant as an advantageous trait was the former.

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Downvote me all you want...this person dares to call autism a birth defect...my son is autistic and in no way, shape or form is autism a birth defect..saying that is just pure ignorance!

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Whoa, that was in no way meant to offend anyone. And that doesn't mean anyone with a birth defect is incapable or incompetent. Being born without an arm is a birth defect, yet there are amazing people like that that live with their situation everyday. Stop thinking everyone is attacking you because that's not the case.

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Glad you feel that way..b/c before his autism diagnosis he was called a birth defect...for being black...I always thought it was racism, now I know we just have dark birth defects, our skin! That makes the autism, racism, everything all ok..cause we live with it daily and it's really just all birth defects..thanks!

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OP thought she said "artistic," so he/she wondered why the person they were interviewing would have to take time off work because she has an artistic son, when really she said "autistic."

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... I get that OP should say "Sorry, I thought you said artistic." But the way you accusingly commented that leads me to believe you think OP made that joke to make fun of autistic people, which they didn't.

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