It's IndepenDENCE Day, not IndepenDANCE Day, trumpeted USA Today this morning, pointing out that numerous Americans and institutions had incorrectly hashtagged for the Fourth of July. The publication went on to bemoan the number of people who unintentionally contributed to the hashtag #IndependanceDay trending on Twitter worldwide.
USA Today pointed to the first lady (whose account tweeted, and swiftly deleted and replaced the incorrect hashtag), the city of Boston, and the U.S. Air Force as offenders, and snarkily requested they slow their collective roll.
"Take time to use spellcheck today, fellow Americans. Or maybe stick with 'Happy 4th of July.'"
The story snowballed, with multiple internet users chiming in with snarky reactions from both sides of the pond.
The Daily Edge noted,
"Ladies and gentleman, more than 60,ooo people on Twitter would like to wish you and yours a Happy IndepenDANCE Day."
"To be fair, Twitter seems to be autofilling the misspelled hashtag, '#IndependanceDay,' which means all it really takes to spread this is a few misspellings, some carelessness and BOOM! You've got yourself a facepalm stew."
Below is a quick overview of how events unfolded on Twitter.
USA Today's initial article: