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  1. Standard member vivify
    rain
    03 Aug '14 23:16
    http://gawker.com/language-school-blogger-fired-for-writing-about-homopho-1613916147

    Language School Blogger Fired for Writing About Homophones

    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."

    It seems too ridiculous to believe, but Torkildson's former employer confirmed the incident of homophonia actually happened.

    "People at this level of English," Woodger told the Tribune, "may see the 'homo' side and think it has something to do with gay sex."

    Torkildson disagrees. He wrote that homophones are "one of the first subjects tackled when teaching ESL," and said his piece about them was very straightforward. The Tribune points out the Nomen blog published another post on the topic in 2011, apparently without incident.
  2. 03 Aug '14 23:22
    Originally posted by vivify
    http://gawker.com/language-school-blogger-fired-for-writing-about-homopho-1613916147

    [b]Language School Blogger Fired for Writing About Homophones


    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 m ...[text shortened]... nts out the Nomen blog published another post on the topic in 2011, apparently without incident.[/b]
    Is being this stupid really uniquely American?
  3. Standard member sh76
    Civis Americanus Sum
    03 Aug '14 23:28
    Originally posted by vivify
    http://gawker.com/language-school-blogger-fired-for-writing-about-homopho-1613916147

    [b]Language School Blogger Fired for Writing About Homophones


    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 m ...[text shortened]... nts out the Nomen blog published another post on the topic in 2011, apparently without incident.[/b]
    Dude, America is a big place.
  4. Standard member vivify
    rain
    03 Aug '14 23:31
    Originally posted by quackquack
    Is being this stupid really uniquely American?
    Care to suggest another country this consistently stupid?
  5. Standard member wolfgang59
    Infidel
    04 Aug '14 00:40 / 1 edit
    It isn't just the ignorance of not knowing what a the homo prefix means, it's
    the fear of "being associated with homosexuality" that makes this story shocking.

    Edit: Did the guy think homophones were communication pieces for gays?
  6. 04 Aug '14 02:23
    Originally posted by vivify
    Care to suggest another country this consistently stupid?
    While this is dumb, it isn't close to the dumbest thing going on in the world.
  7. 04 Aug '14 02:29 / 1 edit
    Would you think it was dumb if the guy got fired for writing about how homosexuality is immoral and evil?

    But hey if the person who got fired wants to fight it, I'm sure its a slam dunk case.
  8. 04 Aug '14 03:40
    I'm reminded of a Gilda Radner skit on how there is nothing wrong with violins on television.
  9. Standard member shavixmir
    Guppy poo
    04 Aug '14 04:43
    I wanted to right this with flare, but I was afraid my peace would be misinterpreted.

    See what I done there? See?

    God, I'm good.
  10. 04 Aug '14 06:21
    Originally posted by wolfgang59
    It isn't just the ignorance of not knowing what a the homo prefix means, it's
    the fear of "being associated with homosexuality" that makes this story shocking.
    What I find shocking is that the manager apparently knew there was a misunderstanding, but chose to fire him anyway.
  11. Standard member finnegan
    GENS UNA SUMUS
    04 Aug '14 09:57
    Originally posted by vivify
    http://gawker.com/language-school-blogger-fired-for-writing-about-homopho-1613916147

    [b]Language School Blogger Fired for Writing About Homophones


    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 m ...[text shortened]... nts out the Nomen blog published another post on the topic in 2011, apparently without incident.[/b]
    I'll have your check ready."
    Cheque - another homophone of course. Fun really.

    "Have your desk cleared" in an email is presumably an American approach to human resource management. I wonder why I favour having unions?
  12. Standard member wolfgang59
    Infidel
    04 Aug '14 10:07
    Originally posted by finnegan
    I wonder why I favour having unions?
    Because you are Euro-Socialist-Liberal-Trash and will roast in hell for it.


    .... or maybe just a guy with common sense.
  13. Standard member finnegan
    GENS UNA SUMUS
    04 Aug '14 10:37
    Originally posted by wolfgang59
    Because you are Euro-Socialist-Liberal-Trash and will roast in hell for it.


    .... or maybe just a guy with common sense.
    Interesting debate a while back on the Spirituality forum about whether hell even exists or, if it does, if it is eternal. I came from that quietly hopeful. I may be okay.
  14. 04 Aug '14 14:48 / 2 edits
    Originally posted by vivify
    Care to suggest another country this consistently stupid?
    Maybe this place?

    Edit: The link doesn't work here, so just google "Islamic Stoning" and click on images, I think you'll see a lot of countries that are much more stupid.
  15. 04 Aug '14 15:32
    Originally posted by finnegan
    Interesting debate a while back on the Spirituality forum about whether hell even exists or, if it does, if it is eternal. I came from that quietly hopeful. I may be okay.
    How can you debate something that is totally unknown and must be believed simply by faith?