Daniel Summers, self-described "medicine & health columnist" and "cranky pediatrician," recently found religion.
He found his patron saint, anyway:
Here's Klaas Meijer's original tweet, which reference the last words of Marquis de Favras — which he declared after his death sentence was read back in 1790. He was ahead of his time with the Twitter-ready comeback, simply declaring, "I see that you have made three spelling mistakes," before being hanged.
A little history lesson, courtesy of Wikipedia:
Thomas de Mahy, marquis de Favras (March 26, 1744 – February 19, 1790) was a French aristocrat and supporter of the House of Bourbon during the French Revolution. Often seen as a martyr of the Royalist cause, Favras was executed for his part in planning against the people of France and is known for saying 'I see that you have made three spelling mistakes' upon reading his death certificate.
Ring any bells? No?
Well, old Thomas got some newfound respect on Twitter, because spelling is serious business. As many people noted, it was the "perfect petty hill to die on" — literally, in this case. Another pointed out that he likely would not have been able to withstand Twitter, where both spelling and facts pretty much go to die.
Even the angels rejoice. Or, as a former high school boyfriend wrote to me once, "You are an angle." I wrote back that I was also acute.— Martha Prine Edwards (@ozarkswriter) September 15, 2017
Me: Give me proper spelling or give me death!— Carina S. Pumpkins🎃 (@checarina) September 15, 2017
The mob: Death it is then
Wasn't that just the funniest? That was a perfect petty hill to stand on as he was about to exit this world.— Dr. Julie Gurner (@drgurner) September 16, 2017
A man more concerned with 3 misspelled words rather than his impending execution is one cool dude. A worthy patron saint.— goblin tree 🌿 (@deploycatattack) September 16, 2017
Summers chimed back in: "I pray for the grace to be that ice cold in the last minutes of my life." Don't we all? At least deep down? Where it's safe to admit?
I pray for the grace to be that ice cold in the last minutes of my life— Daniel Summers (@WFKARS) September 16, 2017
And Twitter learned about another badass: Giles Corey.
Summers heard from the "well, actually" crowd:
So he clarified his intentions:
ATTENTION HISTORY BUFFS!! THIS IS A JOCULAR TWEET ABOUT MY TENDENCY TOWARD SPELLING PEDANTRY! SPARE ME YOUR "ACTUALLY" THROAT CLEARING!— Daniel Summers (@WFKARS) September 15, 2017
And he summed up the unexpectedly epic thread nicely:
TIL nothing unites people across political, geographic, racial or religious barriers quite like a celebration of proper spelling— Daniel Summers (@WFKARS) September 15, 2017
Maybe Thomas wasn't such a great guy IRL, but for spelling geeks? He's our jam.