A Beef Lesion on the Impotence of Proper Spelling

Monday, television cameras caught a San Francisco Giants fan sitting near the 1st base dugout who had a homemade sign expressing her Giants fandom.

There was just one problem…

Inspired by this image, I’m going to tell you a story about how I inadvertently came across a meme on not just one social network but two and how it’s beginning to take on a life of its own.

It all started, fittingly, at Randy Jones All American Sports Grill during last year’s postseason series between Los Angeles Dodgers and St Louis Cardinals. My brother (who you should know is a high school English teacher) showed me an Instagram photo from a Dodgers fan who had taken a selfie in a jersey that clearly said “Dodgers” on it. The caption read something like “BEAT THE F**KIN’ CARDINALS,” with a whole bunch of hashtags on the back end. The first of which was #dogers.*

*May or may not be accurate. I seriously doubt he censored himself.

I nearly spit out the beer I was drinking.

What was this, I thought to myself. Could this guy be that stupid?

It turned out to much better than that.

If you are not an Instagram user, hashtags work pretty much the same way there as they do on Twitter. At least on the mobile apps. You can click on a particular tag and search through all the photos that have been added with that tag.

As of the time of writing this sentence, there are 11,060 Instagram posts that feature the hashtag #dogers.

That’s right. More than 11,000. I’m sure that number has increased in the 18 hours or so since I wrote that sentence.

Granted, some of these are in languages other than English. While it may be wrong, I don’t have a problem with those. You try typing out some of those Japanese team names in Japanese and see how many mistakes you make.

On Twitter, the #dogers hashtag is a little different. Lately, it’s been mostly people making fun of Dodgers fans who misspell their favorite team’s name. I like to think I’ve had a tiny amount of influence on that trend.

However, there are still folks out there who apparently think that second “D” in Dodgers doesn’t need to be in there:

Note the time on that last one. Right about the time that the Padres were wrapping up their season opening win over the Dodgers.

Irony, thy name is Dogers.

Our own Vocal Minority David tweeted out this picture a second time yesterday.

Shortly after sending it out, he sent me a message that simply stated:

“The official Dodgers account favorited the Dogers jersey.”

Perfect. But wait, there’s more!

Allow me to introduce the Dodgers other Twitter account. I’m sure you’re asking “What other account?”

That’s right. Somewhere out there is a woman named Doris Rogers who tweeted two times on May 15, 2009 and then disappeared from Twitter, never to be heard from again.

But don’t tell Dodgers fans that. They keep tweeting at her.

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