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Dinner from Delhi?

Last week a friend of mine offered to bring some take-out deli sandwiches over for dinner. Yum! After picking up the order, she texted me to tell me she was on her way. I looked at my smartphone. The text read:

Just leaving Delhi. Getting on Truman.”

She got dinner in India?

No. But it was funny. I knew immediately that she had dictated the text instead of typing it. She said “deli” but the phone typed “Delhi.” No big deal. But it might have been.

Dictating to your smartphone, tablet, or computer just gets words on the screen faster than typing them; it doesn’t necessarily get them there more accurately. Review your messages before you hit “Send.” Don’t be caught sending a well-intentioned message that is confusing, embarrassing, rude, or just plain opposite of what you mean.

And, while you are proof-reading, be sure you are sending to the right person!

Post Thoughtfully

If you choose to post messages on social media, please think about what you are writing and who may read it. Consider this example:

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine in Philadelphia hosted a luncheon to celebrate a significant accomplishment.  The day before the luncheon, a woman who was invited but not able to attend posted this message on the hostess’ Facebook page: “I hope the luncheon was wonderful. Congratulations again on this special occasion.”

What is unfortunate about this post?

  1. It referenced the wrong day
  2. It announced to all of the hostess’ Facebook friends a luncheon to which they may not have been invited

I asked my friend whether this post caused her any angst. She said that three invited guests called in a panic thinking they had missed the luncheon.

Did she anger anyone who was not invited? She hopes not, but she really wished the “poster” has been more thoughtful.

Think before you post!