Another week, another endemic spelling problem on Twitter: as the Internet marked the occasion of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, countless people instead chose to honor “Martian Luther King,” a relatively unsung extraterrestrial who dreamed of uniting the solar system in social harmony.
The error has the tendency to undermine otherwise serious posts.
It's Martian Luther King Day and we still have black on black violence— ✈Justin Johnson ✈™ (@HeyBuddyItsJJ) January 20, 2014
Martian Luther King Jr. is a constant source of inspiration.— omniscient yawn (@edgarallentoe) January 20, 2014
I went to the place where Martian Luther King Jr got shot this summer. Seriously feels like ur apart of history— Jose Tirado (@JTIRADO_13) January 20, 2014
King’s first name isn’t the only one routinely mangled, however—religious confusion also abounds.
My co-worker asked me to make sure we had a display of books for "Martin Lutheran King Day". I thought I misheard, but she said it 3 times..— Cara B. (@carabeein) January 19, 2014
"The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict." Martin Lutheran King— Kande Flowers (@kande_flowers) January 20, 2014
63 %of blacks r out of jobs Democrates r really taking care of u Martin Lutheran king would be upset on what the dem r doing to u #tcot— joyce (@grandma43) January 19, 2014
There’s really no accounting for this message, however (aside from the obvious goofs, there’s the fact that King’s birthday is January 15, and his holiday falls on a different date each year):
Happy Birthday to Marvin Luther and King Jr!— Read Peat & Mak (@ReadPeatMak) January 20, 2014
Elsewhere today, Joe Mande has been retweeting the most tone-deaf corporate posts that name-check MLK, but it’s good to know that just like social media interns, average people don’t think twice before exposing their ignorance or misunderstanding of history. Free at last!
A dude at a coffee shop this morning told me he is having 'Martini Luther King Day' to celebrate. This dude was obviously white.— Zach Stafford (@ZachStafford) January 20, 2014
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