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!