Three tweets from NFL players are on their way to becoming a viral phenomenon after second-grade students in Buffalo, New York, whipped out their red pens for a grammar lesson. Deadspin captured images of the edited tweets from the Elmwood Franklin School Facebook page.

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And yes, the tweets are real.

https://twitter.com/TitusDYoungSr/statuses/293617630949015553

The 49ers’ Chris Culliver deleted the evidence of his spelling error, but Topsy archived the tweet.

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Watch out Piers Morgan and Cory Booker. You could be next!

  • http://www.facebook.com/brett.mcmicken Brett McMicken

    i’m shocked the kids were allowed to write the words pray, God, and Christmas!

  • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

    Not sure about the middle one. Are they judging the statement’s intent by changing “My God” to “May God?” I think it would work either way.

    As to the last one, I think it’s incoherent enough to not be correctable.

    Those football players should have attended classes in college…and high school.

    • Lady 12

      If that’s the case, the it should have been “My God blesses you all,” “May my God bless you all,” or “My God will bless you all.” I think they have it right.

      • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

        I’m no grammarian, and will concede that you are probably correct. Could “My God bless you all” be a present tense of wishing a blessing? In the instances you wrote, it appears (to me) that the desire is either for a blessing in the future, or mentioning one that has already happened.

        I am not doubting you and am in no way trying to defend the writing abilities of a pro athlete or the majority of current high school and college graduates.

        • ML

          In a present tense, it would be “My God blesses you all” because God is singular, not plural, where you would says “bless”. Although….technically God is three is one…the Trinity….so…..maybe?

          • Lady 12

            But even though he’s three persons, He’s only one God. He seems to be outside most rules we humans think up, doesn’t He?

        • ML

          In a present tense, it would be “My God blesses you all” because God is singular, not plural, where you would says “bless”. Although….technically God is three is one…the Trinity….so…..maybe?

        • Lady 12

          My point was that I don’t think they intentionally changed the meaning. I didn’t mean to be a grammar Nazi.

          • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

            No, didn’t mean it that way. I really am an amateur at grammar. Like the football players in question, I didn’t pay attention in school when I should have. I’ve had to piece together my meager writing skills, since leaving school.

          • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

            No, didn’t mean it that way. I really am an amateur at grammar. Like the football players in question, I didn’t pay attention in school when I should have. I’ve had to piece together my meager writing skills, since leaving school.

  • VerminMcCann

    Grammar is racist.

  • http://apostrophejones.com/ Gloves Donahue, Jr.

    Literacy does not seem to be in style these days, but nobody axed me about nothin’.

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      Wut up wit dat?

      • vanbratch

        no it be nuhin

  • BorderLine Guy

    After reading through 40+ resumes and answers to a few simple questions during an interview process, I have little hope for the future “leaders” of our nation. They all write and speak like they are texting friends while drunk.

    • peteee363

      perhaps you need to get drunk to understand what they are trying to say? it does suck when every applicant can’t spell, or do basic math. i once had a college student, third year english major, who could not read out of a newspaper.

      • $36544368

        I have a friend who is an English major with a teaching credential, and taught English in public school. Once the ‘dees’ and ‘does’ and ‘wuts’ started showing up in the English language, she started using them in her written communication…she’s nearly 60 years old, by the way! It got to the point where I could not read her emails. I asked her to stop emailing me unless she used actual English words, because it took me too long to figure out what she was saying. Instead of writing something like, “I’m wondering how your boys are doing these days”, she’d write “I uz wunderin how da boyz r duin”…I felt like I was reading a foreign language. Being a proofreader for a newspaper many years ago, I couldn’t comprehend this new ‘language’ too well, and all I wanted to do was correct it and send it back to her! I would literally get a headache. Needless to say, we don’t email anymore. I wasn’t being picky…I just couldn’t understand what she was trying to tell me.

        • peteee363

          but then again, i do resent the grammar police on the net. when they cannot come up with a valid argument, they resort to grammar.

          • $36544368

            I’m not being the grammar police…I’m trying to understand what the heck she’s saying.

  • Jack Deth

    “Out of the mouths of babes.”

  • peteee363

    perhaps the whitehouse can hire these guys, and some of thier spelling errors will be corrected?

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      Any one of them could end up being one of the best Secretary of States, or at least a Navy Corpseman.

  • Lady 12

    Kid power!

  • aPLWBinAK

    I saw this yesterday and was happy to see at least one teacher is teaching. I’ve been wondering if I was part of the last generation who could actually speak and write the English language.

  • http://twitter.com/who_me_too RadicalRebelWhoMeToo

    Millions of dollars in the hands of a bunch of illiterates…. What could go wrong???

  • Guest

    I homeschool my daughter while working full time at our district court. We allow mitigations of infractions through the mail, and I set them up for the judge to review. Some of the letters we get are just horrible. I take copies of the worst ones home (redacted) to have my daughter correct. Some of the letters keep her quite busy.

  • http://www.vatican.va/ Rulz

    Cute if they do it, annoying if another blogger does, especially when she/he is a liberal losing the argument.

    • Frustrated Teacher

      Most of the liberal responses I see don’t bother with grammar when they are losing (which is often). They jump right to racism.

    • Frustrated Teacher

      Most of the liberal responses I see don’t bother with grammar when they are losing (which is often). They jump right to racism.

  • J.N. Ashby

    Aren’t grammar corrections. Are spelling corrections.

  • BeeKaaay

    These 2nd graders are in public school and know how to spell?

    HOW DID THAT HAPPEN!!??

    Oh that does it, heads are SO going to roll when the leftwingwacko shool districts find out.