I have thought myself to suffer from this mild form of autism ever since 2006. Now, having read about it in the Oxford Concise Colour Medical Dictionary, I remain as convinced as ever.
The symptoms listed in the dictionary speak for themselves.
… socially aloof, stilted and pedantic styles of speech, and an excessive preoccupation with a very specialized interest (such as timetables) …
Is not that just me? Do I not favour stilted and pedantic styles of speech? Am I not socially aloof? And, unable to interact with real people, I interact with virtual personages on the Internet – and then what? Do I not edit others’ posts without their permission in forums where I have moderator powers, not caring how they would feel about it? If someone makes a gaffe in a post, do I not spread it all over the Web, not caring how the person making the gaffe would feel if he or she noticed what I had done? Is not he or she a stilted and pedantic expression for “they”? And, as for specialized interests, did not Jeff Phillips point out at about this time last year that I so expect things to be perfect for me all the time that I get not a little upset when the slightest thing is out of place?
The only thing the dictionary has got wrong is that people with Asperger’s syndrome usually have low-average intelligence. Mine is definitely toweringly higher than average.