A blogger claims he was fired from a Provo, Utah, language institute after posting a blog on homophones -- words that sound the same but are spelled differently (red, read; pear, pair; etc.)
His employer apparently thought "homophones" hewed a bit too close to homosexuals.
"I'm letting you go because I can't trust you. This blog about homophones was the last straw. Now our school is going to be associated with homosexuality."
That's what Tim Torkildson claimed his boss Clarke Woodger, owner of Nomen Global Language Center, told him after the post went live.
If Torkildson's account is accurate, Woodger owns a language institute but doesn't know what a homophone is.
"I had to look up the word 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," Torkildson quotes Woodger saying as the latter fired the blogger.
Maybe this is the just the bitter rant of a fired employee? Doesn't sound like it. The St. Louis Tribune wrote about the firing and interviewed Woodger, who defended letting Torkildson go.
"People at this level of English," Woodger told the newspaper, " … may see the 'homo' side and think it has something to do with gay sex."