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Language School Blogger Fired for Writing About Homophones

Posted on August 3rd, 2014 at 21:33 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane -- Write a comment


A social media specialist for a Utah language school that teaches English to non-native speakers says he was fired for writing a blog post about homophones—words that sound the same, but carry different meanings—because his boss was afraid readers would think it was about “gay sex.”

Tim Torkildson told the Salt Lake Tribune that shortly after his lesson went up, Nomen Global Language Center owner Clarke Woodger fired him, complaining “now our school is going to be associated with homosexuality.”

“I had to look up the word” Woodger said, according to the account Torkildson published on his personal blog, “because I didn’t know what the hell you were talking about. We don’t teach this kind of advanced stuff to our students, and it’s extremely inappropriate. Can you have your desk cleaned out by eleven this morning? I’ll have your check ready.”

  1. Words that sound other words? Cupid stunt?

  2. …like other words, duh.

  3. Sounds hoaxy, cos it’s a wrongful dismissal lawsuit waiting to happen.

    Winning comment from the post:

    Homophonia isn’t the half of it!

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