Today, on her front page Abby is relaying a plea from a group of people who use speech synthesizers. They write:
and so forth. Abby's response?
- Please be patient. It takes us a little bit longer to get our messages out than it does you.
- Feel free to ask questions. Don't pretend to understand us if you don't.
- Do not think we are stupid. Have you ever tried to communicate using one of these things?
- If it looks like we're having trouble, ask if we need help.
- Treat us like adults – just as you would want to be treated.
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.