February 18, 1790

On February 18, 1790, the Patron Saint of Grammar Nazis took his place looking over the shoulder of God. Thomas de Mahy, the Marquis de Favras, was sentenced to death by hanging during the French Revolution for treason against the people. When he read through his death warrant sentence, he told his executioner, “I see that you have made three spelling mistakes.” It was the last words he ever spoke as he was immediately hanged. I have to respect that. He was a grammar troll to his last breath.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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