Dear Abby

Normally I don't read this kind of thing. But the Evil HR Lady mentioned Dear Abby, with a link that I was feeling bored enough to click.

Today, on her front page Abby is relaying a plea from a group of people who use speech synthesizers. They write:

  1. Please be patient. It takes us a little bit longer to get our messages out than it does you.
  2. Feel free to ask questions. Don't pretend to understand us if you don't.
  3. Do not think we are stupid. Have you ever tried to communicate using one of these things?
  4. If it looks like we're having trouble, ask if we need help.
  5. Treat us like adults – just as you would want to be treated.

and so forth. Abby's response?

I'm pleased to help spread the word. For people who are vocally challenged, you have written an eloquent letter. [...]

Since when is the bar for written eloquence supposed to be lower because the writer can't speak? Has Abby actually read point 3 in the letter she's reprinting? Mysteries abound.

Dear Abby: Well put. For a woman, you write pretty neat yourself.

1 comment:

  1. I was always an Ann Landers person, myself (although I know the originals have both passed away). For some reason, Dear Abby usually rubbed me the wrong way.

    What I used really dislike was the frequency with which she would devote a column to printing letters others had written her on a subject. I read advice columns to see the advice of the columnist, not readers' thoughts on subjects I usually don't care about.

    Enough of that; if I want to rant any more, I'll do it on my own blog. I just found your blog via askamanager, and it seems interesting.