Skip to comments.Blogger fired from language school over ‘homophonia’
Posted on 08/01/2014 8:46:25 PM PDT by Impala64ssa
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.
As Torkildson tells it, Woodger said he could not trust him and that the blog about homophones was the last straw.
"Now our school is going to be associated with homosexuality," Woodger complained, according to Torkildson, who posted the exchange on his Facebook page.
Torkildson says he was careful to write a straightforward explanation of homophones. He knew the "homo" part of the word could be politically charged, but he thought the explanation of that quirky part of the English language would be educational.
Nomen has removed that blog from its website, but a similar explanation of homophones was posted there in 2011 with apparently no controversy.
Woodger says his reaction to Torkildsons 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.
Interestingly, he was hired on April Fools Day.
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Well that’s what you get for engaging in public intercourse.
No, it isn't. Considering how dumbed down modern America has become, it is completely believable.
Sounds like the guy who was raked over the coals for using the term niggardly to describe a budget increase by an ignorant black official who didn’t know the meaning or origin of the term.
The homo part of the word was politically charged????
What about homo sapiens, or homologous, or homogenized, or homonym?
What a bunch of ignorant wankers.
“an ignorant black official”
It wasn’t just an ignorant black official; it was a black lawyers’ association...
It was one of the group in particular who pressed the case, but the rest of the ignorant black lawyers blindly followed.
I would not be surprised if Tim Torkildson’s daughter were a thespian.
What did expect, working for a feminist lot.
From the Freeper addendum to the ICD-10:
321.0 SPLAT Liberal Cerebral Defenestration (LCD) or Liberal Acquired Brain Absence (LABA), Complete loss of rationality, cognition, and cerebration due to indiscriminately keeping one's mind so far open that the brain falls out. First and subsequent encounters.
Obamaphone, homophone. It’s easy to get confused.
From this is seems like Torkildson was on thin ice to begin with. And he wasn't trusted to boot.
When they want to get rid of you, any excuse will do.
The DC bureaucrat who was FIRED for describing a budget as being “niggardly”:
His defense was as depressing as the attack:
His ENTIRE defense was, “I am a homosexual”. Not, “niggardly is a REAL WORD”, and not, “The SOUND of words should be outweighed by their actual MEANINGS”. Just identity politics.
I mean that both the attack and also the defense resorted AT NO POINT to logic-based arguments.
My understanding is that some time later this brave, articulate homo was re-hired, so .there was a happy ending?
Sorta, I guess.
It depends. By “happy,” do you mean gay?
BLACK HOLE CONTROVERSY -
O know! Eye am becoming homophonophobic!
Yeah, those pesky Homo Sapiens are always doing that.
Our EWE a homophone??