Improve the Quality of Your Neighborhood

I am quoting this in full because there is no citation, but Wicked Gay Blog had this item that was just too good not to post:

“In a letter to “Dear Abby” a reader complained that a gay couple was moving in across the street and wanted to know what he could do to improve the quality of the neighborhood.

Her suggestion – ‘You could move.’”


  1. Qwertz March 17, 2010 2:01 pm

    Using various search methodologies and the Dear Abby archives going back decades, this was the best I was able to find:

    This seemed suspicious to me because the major etiquette doyennes (Miss Manners, Dear Abby, Judith Post) are opposed to responding to rudeness with further rudeness. They prefer the curt, but polite response followed by an end to the conversation. Therefore I find it improbable that Dear Abby would respond to such a question with something as rude as “You could move”, even if it’s deserved. Abby’s response to the linked question is much more like what I expect.

    It’s a delightful story, though, and might even be true of some other advice columnist. But as far as I can tell, it’s not true of Dear Abby.


  2. Marc March 17, 2010 6:06 pm

    This is actually a true “Dear Abby” quote. I have a book of the “Best of” and it is in there. But also here is a link to some of her famous quotes that are online:

  3. Qwertz March 18, 2010 12:09 am

    Really? That makes it even more awesome! Do you know the date?

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