Let’s journey back to the third grade for a moment and talk about homophones.
A homophone is a word that is pronounced the same as another word but has a different meaning, and may have a different spelling, too. For example: see and sea, won and one, or red and read. There are many different homophones in the English language. For a complete list, visit this website.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, a social media specialist for Nomen Global Language Center, a language school in Utah that teaches English to non-native speakers, says he was fired for writing a blog post about homophones because his boss was afraid readers would think it was about gay sex.
Tim Torkildson says after he wrote the blog post, his boss and owner of the learning center, Clarke Woodger, called him into his office and told him he was fired, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. According to Torkildson, Woodger said he could not trust him anymore and that the blog about homophones was the last straw.
“Now our school is going to be associated with homosexuality,” he allegedly said. “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.”
Woodger claims the story is untrue and that he fired Torkildson, who was employed at the company for just three months, because he would “go off on tangents” in his blog posts that were be confusing, at times, offensive.
Hmmm. We’re not sure who to believe, but we will say these selfies, which appear to have been taken at work and posted on Torkildson’s Facebook page, speak volumes…
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