In Amerika, You may now be fired...at a "Language School," if You actually know what to call the following: "Be," "Bee," "Bea"Submitted by AnCapMercenary on Sun, 08/03/2014 - 01:17
Um...seriously, just what multi-dimensional temporal-timeline am I in??
By PAUL ROLLY
The Salt Lake Tribune
First Published Jul 29 2014 08:44 pm
Last Updated Jul 29 2014 09:32 pm
Homophones, as any English grammarian can tell you, are words that sound the same but have different meanings and often different spellings — such as be and bee, through and threw, which and witch, their and there.
This concept is taught early on to foreign students learning English because it can be confusing to someone whose native language does not have that feature.
But when the social-media specialist for a private Provo-based English language learning center wrote a blog explaining homophones, he was let go for creating the perception that the school promoted a gay agenda.
Tim Torkildson says after he wrote the blog on the website of his employer, Nomen Global Language Center, his boss and Nomen owner Clarke Woodger, called him into his office and told him he was fired.
Tim Torkildson's blogpost on his termination:
Posted on July 24, 2014 by iwritetheblogggs
Are YOU a homophone?
A homophone, in case you do not know, is a word that has a different meaning for each different spelling, but always sounds the same; such as “be”, “bee”, and “Bea”. There are hundreds of these in the English language, and it is one of the first subjects tackled when teaching ESL. It is a subject that has been taught and discussed with absolutely no controversy for well over a hundred years.
Until now . . .
This week I was fired for writing a blog about homophones for an educational website.
“I’m letting you go because I can’t trust you” said Clarke Woodger, my boss and the owner of Nomen Global Language Center. “This blog about homophones was the last straw. Now our school is going to be associated with homosexuality.”
I said nothing, stunned into silence.
Language School Blogger Fired for Giving Lesson on ‘Homophones’
Employer calls word offensive, too close to "homosexual"
by Mikael Thalen | Infowars.com | August 1, 2014
An English blogger writing for the Nomen Global Language Center in Utah was fired for posting about “homophones” last week after his employer said the word was too close to “homosexual” and “homophobe.”
“A homophone, in case you do not know, is a word that has a different meaning for each different spelling, but always sounds the same; such as ‘be’, ‘bee’, and ‘Bea’,” Tim Torkildson wrote. “There are hundreds of these in the English language, and it is one of the first subjects tackled when teaching ESL.”
Torkildson’s boss, Clark Woodger, allegedly found the word offensive, even after looking up the definition.
“I had to look up the word because I didn’t know what the hell you were talking about,” Woodger said. “We don’t teach this kind of advanced stuff to our students, and it’s extremely inappropriate.”
Woodger called the blog post “the last straw” before asking Torkildson to clean out his desk.
“I’m letting you go because I can’t trust you” Woodger said. “Now our school is going to be associated with homosexuality. Can you have your desk cleaned out by eleven this morning?”
Woodger confirmed the firing in an interview with the Salt Lake Tribune but claimed it was more due to the blog’s confusing and “possibly” offensive nature.
** Excuse my stereotyping, but whoTF knew people in Utah would be so skittish about being seen as a "homophobe"??
Suppose if I were to refer to him as a "HOPLOphobe," around people at the Nomen Global Language Center, or said it directly to its owner Clarke Woodger, ya think he'd assume that I called him a "HOMOphobe"??
Though, technically speaking, suppose I AM a 'homophobe'...seeing as how literally translated from its Greek/Latin prefix+neologism, accurately defined, it just means someone who dislikes SAMENESS, though not 'clinically' so, in my case (as 'phobia'-derived "-phobe," alludes) LOL:
MEANING: same, alike
EXAMPLE: homogeneous, homogenized, homozygous, homolytic fission, Homo sapiens, homonid, homeostasis
I do like spice & variety in life. Sorry ,9D