Speech To Text

Good morning! 

Have you ever used speech to text on your phone? 

I normally type out my texts with my left index finger. I was never a “gamer” so I’m not a two thumb typist.

I have a habit of using my drive time to work each morning to think of all those little domestic chores I need to take care of for the day. I often send myself or others little reminder texts. I don’t text and drive, but I have been guilty of sending a speech to text style text from time to time while stopped at a traffic light. 

My youngest daughter and her two dogs presently live with me. One particular morning she and I passed in the night, so I wanted her to know that her dogs had been fed and let out that morning before I left for work. So a speech to text message seemed appropriate.  I spoke the message into my phone. “Dogs fed and let out. Dizzy barked so I let her back in.” Simple enough. The light changed to green. I hit send and away I went.

Her response was “Tell Dizzy to stop farting. It’s rude.”

I wondered why the strange response. Then I reread my text to her. My speech to text had chosen the word “farted” instead of barked as I had spoken for my message. I had not proof read my text before sending it. It read Dizzy farted so I let her in. No wonder her response.  It made me chuckle. Who would let IN a dog who was “farting” anyway? 🙂

Things aren’t always what they seem to be. Remember the old game, Chinese Whispers or Telephone, where a bunch of people sit in a circle and the first person whispers a secret into the ear of the person on one side, they whisper it to the next, and it goes around the circle, only to end up being an entirely different secret?

We all need to be careful with our words. Both those written and spoken. For they can be misheard and misunderstood. Let’s all keep them edifying of others or not spoken at all to avoid embarrassing,  hurtful situations. Just look at the destruction both the written and the spoken words have caused to our two presidential candidates. 😦

When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable, But he who restrains his lips is wise.                 Proverbs 10:19

Love and laughter, 

Sandy

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