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In Amerika, You may now be fired...at a "Language School," if You actually know what to call the following: "Be," "Bee," "Bea"

Um...seriously, just what multi-dimensional temporal-timeline am I in??

Paul Rolly: Blogger fired from language school over ‘homophonia’

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:

The Homophones Got Me! A Record of a Recent Firing.

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"??

xD

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:

Greek & Latin Prefixes Table

PREFIX: homo

MEANING: same, alike

EXAMPLE: homogeneous, homogenized, homozygous, homolytic fission, Homo sapiens, homonid, homeostasis

I do like spice & variety in life. Sorry ,9D

xD

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A niggardly response

I remember once being chastised by the controller of the hotel where I worked for describing the city's temporary lodging levy as a "hostel tax."
"I told you to keep your opinions to yourself!" (or words to that effect) came back on my audit reports in his shaking hand. I wrote back a detailed explanation that a "hostel tax" imposed on our Inn had nothing NECESSARILY to do with hostility, but was merely an objective description of the city's taxing authority.

"But it's the PERCEPTION", so I hear. As ever (in the eternal junior high that is 'Murrika) surface trumps substance.

It may be immediately painful, but it is still an honor to be fired by pinheads for literate behavior.

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oh, no yu didan't (sic)! now, THAT, is gonna need a bit more

'splainin'...to the definitionally clueless sheeple zomboids. bet that, just bound up the MSDNC lurkers' PC-knee jerk reactionary knickers in bunch, now! xD

though, imagine if you're a black wo/man traveling in China:


http://youtu.be/KCctFe1tgMA

as if the Chinese thousands of years ago designed their homophones with the intention of racially impugning blacks centuries later in mind! xD Oh humans...we silly silly creatures:

niggard

Etymology

From Middle English nigard, nygard (“miser”), equivalent to nig +‎ -ard.

Pronunciation

(US) IPA(key): [ˈnɪɡɚd]
(Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): [ˈnɪɡəd]

Adjective

niggard (comparative more niggard, superlative most niggard)

Sparing; stinting; parsimonious.
Miserly or stingy.
1852, William and Robert Chambers, Chambers' Edinburgh Journal:

[H]is heart swelled within him, as he sat at the head of his own table, on the occasion of the house-warming, dispensing with no niggard hand the gratuitous viands and unlimited beer, which were at once to symbolise and inaugurate the hospitality of his mansion.

Noun

niggard (plural niggards)

A miser or stingy person; a skinflint.
1618, John Taylor, The Pennyles Pilgrimage OR The Money-lesse Perambulation of John Taylor:

All his pleasures were social; and while health and fortune smiled upon him, he was no niggard either of his time or talents to those who needed them.

1955, J. R. R. Tolkien, The Return of the King, Book VI, Chapter 6 "Many Partings":

‘No niggard are you, Éomer,’ said Aragorn, ‘to give thus to Gondor the fairest thing in your realm!’

A false bottom in a grate, used for saving fuel.
Edward Bulwer Lytton, Godolphin

It was evening: he ordered a fire and lights; and, leaning his face on his hand as he contemplated the fitful and dusky upbreakings of the flame through the bars of the niggard and contracted grate […]

From a catalog of the Great Exhibition of 1851:

Cooking apparatus, adapted for an opening eight feet wide, by five feet high, and containing an open-fire roasting range, with sliding spit-racks and winding cheek or niggard;

(Can we date this quote?) Thomas Carlyle, Jane Welsh Carlyle, Lady Gertrude Hoffmann Bliss, Thomas Carlyle: Letters to His Wife, published 1953, page 100:

Neither this nor the Brompton house have a kitchen-range (that is, Grate like the Miles's), but only a grate with moveable niggards etc.

1979, Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, volume 109, Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, page 15: 

A niggard was a movable side to the kitchen grate which could be wound up with a handle so as to make the fire […]

Usage notes
Wikipedia has an article on:
Controversies about the word "niggardly"

This word is unrelated to the racial epithet nigger (a corruption of the Spanish word negro (“black”)), but some in the United States have taken offense at the word's use due to the phonetic similarity between the words.

Synonyms

See also Wikisaurus:miser

Derived terms

niggardise/niggardize
niggardly
niggardness
niggardous
niggardship
niggardy

Related terms

nig
niggish
niggle
nigon

Predictions in due Time...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDisyWkIBM

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

Does no one see the irony here?

The word "homophone" is almost a homophone for the word "homophobe."

“Although it was the middle of winter, I finally realized that, within me, summer was inextinguishable.” — Albert Camus

yup. think that was the blogger's whole point, too

though my "autofill"-feature on my not-so-'smart'phone keeps on wanting to 'fix' a slightly less homophone-ish analogue, whenever I start touch-padding "HOPLO-phobe" as "HOMO-phobe."

my SamSung, that stooopid politically correct silicon knee-jerk reactionary!

xD

Predictions in due Time...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDisyWkIBM

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

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Moved...

i feel like theres more to this story

I looked for the link to the actual blog but apparently its been deleted. He might've used the word homophones as an excuse to segue into talking about homosexuality or something which would've been inappropriate. The article says there was already a blog posting about homophobes, why write another one?

perhaps, perhaps...

suppose if it's anything like most occupational terminations, guess more than likely other background preceding events 'built up' to the final, proverbial 'that's the last straw!'-dealio..

though, apparently Torkildson's private blog (or guess he could've had access to Nomen's center's own blog, previous to these events, and those blog entries are what Woodger is specifically referring to...) bothered Woodger, for awhile, now... whateverTF "could be considered offensive" means:

Woodger says his reaction to Torkildson’s blog has nothing to do with homosexuality but that Torkildson had caused him concern because he would "go off on tangents" in his blogs that would be confusing and sometimes could be considered offensive.

as far as the missing URL, unless you're talking about the one referred to in this portion of the article:

Nomen has removed that blog from its website, but a similar explanation of homophones was posted there in 2011 with apparently no controversy.

this one's still working for me: "The Homophones Got Me! A Record of a Recent Firing."

that said, if what the SLC Tribune scribe Paul Rolly transcribed of the language center's owner Clarke Woodger's statements is to be believed, the final straw seems to have been not wanting bad PR...over his own inability to process a commonly understood term; which, as a biz owner is wholly understandable, if he believes for whatever reason enough of those who maybe interested in his company's products & services MAY perceive it that way:

"Now our school is going to be associated with homosexuality," Woodger complained, according to Torkildson, who posted the exchange on his Facebook page.

[...]

"People at this level of English," Woodger says, " … may see the ‘homo’ side and think it has something to do with gay sex."

lol: apparently Torkildson was hired on April Fool's Day!

he barely worked there for three months, before he was fired. so you maybe right. me thinks perhaps his own personality and lack of tact may have contributed more, than just "homophone" incident, but still, guess, my point of bemusement about the whole thing? it's endlessly F'ng hilariously ironic to me, that a "language school" owner would not know WTF "homophones" are, and is so socially engineered to be a knee-jerk politically correct reactionary that any word/prefix that begins with "homo-" is assumed to be ridiculing gays.

he should take a HS biology class; guess that too would be "homophobic." xD

Predictions in due Time...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDisyWkIBM

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

This is blue blooded american

This isn't a story of Amerika. It's a story of America, land of the free.

I as I understand it, I don't agree with the dicision but it is

a freedom issue! Regardless what I think or what others might think. An employeer can hire and fire who ever she wants for what ever reason she wants! It's called property rights!

JCM

private academy, private property...it whould be a given, on DP,

but the point wasn't whether a private owner of a private academy has a right to fire anyone for whatever reason.

the point of this self-evident thread, is merely an 'oy veh, Amerika! [FACEPALM]-sigh'-commentary on the prospect of observing what America has now turned into: a socially engineered cesspool of deteriorating intellectual spine & lack of emotional fortitude in this country, among a vast number of its populace.

aside from the hilarity of an owner of a purported "language school," actually having to look up what the definition of "homophones" was, and even after looking it up, the owner fired the teacher...essentially NOT because he was a bad teacher per-se, but because (as the article illustrates in the owner's own words) he didn't want to be SEEN as a "homophobe," by other illiterate, definitionally clueless moron monkeys across politically correct disease infected Amerika.

'tis all.

xD

Predictions in due Time...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDisyWkIBM

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

If the word is "homophone",

wouldn't the first thing an idiot would misinterpret that to be be "homophobe"? It seems like he'd be proud to be associated with that. The idiots come to his school for the homophobia. The rest come for the teachers having a solid grasp of basic English language concepts. Businessmen are always trying to get this sort of cross-market appeal. It's brilliant and he just threw it away.

Defend Liberty!

"NOMEN GLOBAL...

...LANGUAGE CENTERS SUBSTANTIALLY HELPS STUDENTS FROM ALL CULTURES AND WALKS OF LIFE TO EXCEL IN EACH ASPECT OF THEIR ENGLISH ACQUISITION AND TO OBTAIN THEIR GOALS FOR THE FUTURE. WE ACHIEVE THIS GOAL BY MEANS OF QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED FACULTY, DEDICATED STAFF, ENGAGING AND CHALLENGING CURRICULUM, AND PROFESSIONAL AND ETHICAL STUDENT SERVICES."

Yeah, right.

http://www.nomenglobal.com/

As Jeff Foxworthy would say...

Clark Woodger, here's your sign.

Wow, that really takes a special kind of ignorance to pull off! ...shaking my head...

Not Foxworthy, Bill Engvall..

Bill Engvall is the creator of the "Here's your sign" stuff.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Engvall

Sorry to get nitpicky, but I LOVE the "Here's your sign" stuff.

See What the government is Spending?
http://www.amazon.com/What-Government-Spending-A-Citizen-ebo...

Oh shoot!

Yep, you're right! How could I forget that?! My step-dad would probably disown me if he knew. LOL I guess I have seen Jeff do jokes like that, though... so I'm not completely crazy.

What a greqat way to promote a LANGUAGE school

Publicly proclaim that the school's owner doesn't speak English very well: he thinks any word containing the prefix "homo" is about homosexuality. Bet he's afraid to drink homogenized milk. And the mental midget didn't even change his mind once he actually looked up the definition of the word??

Strike one: illiterate. Strike two: pathologically politically correct. Strike three: zero integrity. In short: a boss one should be glad to be fired by. (Don't be a quitter; you lose severance pay!)

Recommended reading: The Most Dangerous Superstition, http://www.amazon.com/Most-Dangerous-Superstition-Larken-Ros...

LOL...not to get nit-picky, but...

"In short: a boss, by whom one should be glad to be fired."

Sorry...there are other ways to re-syntax this, but never end a statement or question with a preposition. LOL

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BC
Silence isn't always golden....sometimes it's yellow.

"The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them." - Patrick Henry

Never say never.

This is the sort of linguistic nonsense up with which I will not put!

Your "rule" is a myth.

Ending a sentence with a preposition is seldom something to get excited about.

Recommended reading: The Most Dangerous Superstition, http://www.amazon.com/Most-Dangerous-Superstition-Larken-Ros...

4hrs and 17minutes...

is the duration in which it took the statutes of limitations levied upon, by the language/vernacular po-po to expire, yay!

prepositional sentence bookends, be free, you are!

,o)

but...but...but... you mean my expositionary spiel was no gut a defense for thee?? .o/

okay, that does it: I'ma gonna have to open up ACM's own analogue, for "Oxford’s Myth Debunkers" gosh dang it!

.D

by the way, thanks. didn't know about that site until now. bookmarked.

I give my middle finger to the MLA, with every gleeful, cantankerously unwieldy, oft ravenously neologisic cacoghany of interruptible polysyllabic verbal non-verbals I deploy, dang it!

Predictions in due Time...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDisyWkIBM

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

You do go on.

Brevity is the soul of something-or-other.

And on.

:)

Recommended reading: The Most Dangerous Superstition, http://www.amazon.com/Most-Dangerous-Superstition-Larken-Ros...

Oh, come now. What if it was written, in a native voice

more common and familiar to the replying author's conversational flow and sensibilities?

There is no such thing as "never," especially when someone just DID, counter to your particularly insistent default syntax structure point of contention. xD

Plus, suppose if one were to nit-pick, structurally, the following no make sense-y, (n)either:

LOL...not to get nit-picky, but... "In short: a boss, by whom one should be glad to be fired."

Sorry...there are other ways to re-syntax this, but never end a statement or question with a preposition. LOL

If one were to assume the contemporary post-urban dictionary/post-net SMS-derived acronyms, to deemed to be 'fit' for a sentence opener deployment, perhaps it 'should' read as the following:

LOL; not to get nit-picky, but:

'In short: a boss, by whom, one should be glad to be fired.'

or

LOL: not to get nit-picky, but,

'In short: a boss, by whom, one should be glad to be fired.'

Well... seeing as how a pensive pause, as expressed via "..." can equally be arbitrarily, subjectively, and author-preferentially deployed, no??

So... how about a compromise? Like, say...

'In short: a boss, FROM whom, one should be glad to be fired BY.'

,D

Also, one 'should' deploy single quotation marks, seeing as how the original author didn't actually state your presumed-to-be-correct 'as if' version of the sentence structure. That said, of course, some people actually DO indeed use double and single quotation marks, interchangeably... which in some wordsmith circles is an hypochondriac-reaction inducing anathema, and in others, not. All of which, again, kinda proves the non-concrete nature of 'proper' language, let alone 'proper' punctuation usages.

Lest ye be a representative of the MLA, the 'nobody crowned you the arbiter of American English reps, but there you are meeting annually to decide the fate of the poor language gremlins, to be your literary biitches to be pimped out to your publishing whims,' it is my firm conviction that, as nature of language is one of non-structured verbal zeitgeist formalized for formality sakes, while tricky and arbitrary as to when a given erroneous usage of becomes the 'norm' and/or 'correct' (for example, "irregardless" was an erroneous and unnecessary 'double-negative'... kinda, sorta a neologisic portmanteau, previously a non-existent word that first showed up in the 18th century, until it was widely used/adopted over...er centuries. And, now: viola, it's in dictionaries. It's like what is the 'proper' statutes of limitations before an 'erroneous' language usage, one nevertheless is widely contemporaneously deployed in verbal usage, frees itself from the shackles of the language police?? I often instinctively observe whether people properly deploy one of the most widely misused words, "aggravate." It means "to make worse," but most use it interchangeably with "to frustrate." Even Dr. Paul, whom I've observed years ago, ALWAYS using it 'properly,' but for whatever reason, as of late, he has been known to 'fib,' occasionally, in its misusage! LOL), like anything freemarket of ideas, I'd say let it be, and the 'market' will decide.D

But, your mileage may vary.

As for moi, a lover of words, I fear no prepostitional sentence bookends, gosh dang it! So, c'est la vie.

,cD

Predictions in due Time...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDisyWkIBM

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul