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Thursday, July 31, 2014

A blogger for a private English language learning center in Utah who wrote a post explaining homophones said he was fired for creating the perception that the school promoted a gay agenda. Tim Torkildson wrote on his personal blog that he was fired after penning an article explaining homophones -- words that sound the same but have different meanings and often different spellings. "Now our school is going to be associated with homosexuality," Torkildson said he was told by Nomen Global Language Center owner Clarke Woodger.

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The text of the now-deleted blog post:

In English a homophone is a word that has several different meanings and spellings, but always sounds the same. The best way to learn these tricky words is to memorize them little by little. Today we will continue with homophones that start with the letter B:

Baa is the sound a sheep makes; bah is an exclamation of disgust or disbelief.

Bare is to lack something, to be naked; bear is an animal.

Baize is a green cloth; bays are inlets from the ocean or a lake.

Ball is a round object that you throw; bawl is to cry or shout.

Balm is an ointment, a soothing medicine; bomb is an explosive.

Bazaar is an outdoor market; bizarre is something strange or disturbing.

Beach is the shore of an ocean or lake; beech is a tree.

Beat means to pound on something; beet is a root vegetable.

Beer is an alcoholic beverage; bier is a platform on which dead persons are displayed.

Berry is a small round fruit; bury is to dig a hole and put something in it.

Blue is a color; blew is the past tense of blow.

Bold is to be brave or strong; bowled the past tense of the verb bowl.

Boullion is dried soup; bullion is a bar of gold or silver.

Bridal has to do with a bride; bridle is part of the equipment used to ride a horse.

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Bologna is sold at a delicatessen. Baloney is an apt description of what occurred in this case...

#1 | Posted by catdog at 2014-07-31 11:39 AM | Reply | Flag:

Most of these are resolved by proper pronunciation and annunciation.

#2 | Posted by HeuristicGratis at 2014-07-31 11:45 AM | Reply | Flag:

""Now our school is going to be associated with homosexuality," Woodger complained, according to Torkildson, who posted the exchange on his Facebook page."

I cannot believe that this ------- is in charge of educating children.

He gives homo-sapiens a bad name.

"NOMEN GLOBAL LANGUAGE CENTERS SUBSTANTIALLY HELPS STUDENTS FROM ALL CULTURES AND WALKS OF LIFE TO EXCEL IN EACH ASPECT OF THEIR ENGLISH ACQUISITION AND TO OBTAIN THEIR GOALS FOR THE FUTURE. WE ACHIEVE THIS GOAL BY MEANS OF QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED FACULTY, DEDICATED STAFF, ENGAGING AND CHALLENGING CURRICULUM, AND PROFESSIONAL AND ETHICAL STUDENT SERVICES."

Except the part that sounds like the gay.

Qualifed faculty? Well except for the owner.

#3 | Posted by 726 at 2014-07-31 11:47 AM | Reply | Flag:

[voice of Emperor] "Utter is to mumble, incapable of speech, while utter is something closer to complete."

#4 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2014-07-31 12:07 PM | Reply | Flag:

Im confused sounds like wrongful termination to me.
He sad nothing about homosexuality.

#5 | Posted by tmaster at 2014-07-31 12:18 PM | Reply | Flag:

I bet they even have homo milk in the cafeteria.

#6 | Posted by visitor_ at 2014-07-31 12:23 PM | Reply | Flag:

This is not the first incident with this guy. He's been known to cruise Home Depot trying to pick up some black caulk.

#7 | Posted by visitor_ at 2014-07-31 12:44 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

Wow, now this is homophobia.

Also:

Those who don't know burro from burrow don't know their ass from a hole in the ground.

#8 | Posted by Tor at 2014-07-31 12:52 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

More like Homo-phobia.
Welcome to the anti-intellectual paradise that the right-wing lives for.

#9 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2014-07-31 01:24 PM | Reply | Flag:

Re:#9

I can't see the firing at all, from the blog, Woodger (I know right?) looked up the meaning, but still persisted in his views. Odd, very odd...

It seems like a pretty worldly school from the videos, and images....

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#10 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2014-07-31 01:41 PM | Reply | Flag:

All I can say is: niggardly.

#11 | Posted by pragmatist at 2014-07-31 01:48 PM | Reply | Flag:

explaining homophones

Gay people now have their own phone system?

#12 | Posted by kanrei at 2014-07-31 01:49 PM | Reply | Flag:

Utah? Thank you G_d for not having the Florida Flag fly on this story.

#13 | Posted by kanrei at 2014-07-31 01:49 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

I bet they even have ---- milk in the cafeteria.

#6 | Posted by visitor_

I see the censors here on the DR have the same mentality.

#14 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2014-07-31 01:58 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 4

This reminds me of the nun who got fired from my school as a kid for teaching us about homonyms. The principal thought she was teaching us homo hymns.

#15 | Posted by Sully at 2014-07-31 01:59 PM | Reply | Flag:

Next, they will fire the science teacher for calling people "homo sapiens" because the school will say the teacher is saying all people are gay.

#16 | Posted by kanrei at 2014-07-31 02:04 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Gay people now have their own phone system?"

Of course, the i-phone has been out for years.

#17 | Posted by salamandagator at 2014-07-31 02:10 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

"This reminds me of the nun who got fired from my school as a kid for teaching us about homonyms. The principal thought she was teaching us homo hymns."

Seriously?

#18 | Posted by Tor at 2014-07-31 02:49 PM | Reply | Flag:

The school district should have just given him a million dollars and avoided going to court.

#19 | Posted by kudzu at 2014-07-31 02:52 PM | Reply | Flag:

Well. He did tell them blew is the past tense of blow...

[voice of Emperor] "Utter is to mumble, incapable of speech, while utter is something closer to complete."
#4 | POSTED BY REDLIGHTROBOT AT 2014-07-31 12:07 PM | FLAG:

And an udder is the mamory glands of cows.

#20 | Posted by ClownShack at 2014-07-31 03:08 PM | Reply | Flag:

So much of what ails us is misunderstanding our own language.

#21 | Posted by nutcase at 2014-07-31 03:14 PM | Reply | Flag:

People are just ascared and misunderestimate how smart us Americans are.

#22 | Posted by aescal at 2014-07-31 03:20 PM | Reply | Flag:

[voice of Emperor] "Utter is to mumble, incapable of speech, while utter is something closer to complete."
#4 | POSTED BY REDLIGHTROBOT AT 2014-07-31 12:07 PM
And an udder is the mamory glands of cows.
#20 | Posted by ClownShack at 2014-07-31 03:08 PM

I actually was debating whether to use this particular homonym, but mentally hearing the emperor praise Utah scholastic administration was irresistible.

#23 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2014-07-31 03:27 PM | Reply | Flag:

If he ever heard 'homo erectus', his little head would explode!

#24 | Posted by 88120rob at 2014-07-31 03:27 PM | Reply | Flag:

All I can say is: niggardly.

#11 | Posted by pragmatist at 2014-07-31 01:48 PM

Yes it was a niggardly for him (the school) to do.

#25 | Posted by Robson at 2014-07-31 04:20 PM | Reply | Flag:

homophones are born this way. just leave them be!

#26 | Posted by DeadSpin at 2014-07-31 04:23 PM | Reply | Flag:

#23

I was just trying out a joke.

#27 | Posted by ClownShack at 2014-07-31 04:26 PM | Reply | Flag:

All I can say is: niggardly.

#11 | Posted by pragmatist at 2014-07-31 01:48 PM

Yes it was a niggardly for him (the school) to do.

#25 | POSTED BY ROBSON

It was stingy for him (the school) to do?

Gonna have to have me a fag and reflect on that.

#28 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-07-31 09:50 PM | Reply | Flag:

Yes it was a niggardly for him (the school) to do.

The school has a gender?

I guess that makes them homophonic niggards.

#29 | Posted by sentinel at 2014-07-31 09:59 PM | Reply | Flag:

i think the Mormon teaching that American Indians are a Lost Tribe of Israel is still intact, even though genetic testing proved that absolute bunk. Then, there is the universal (for Mormons) pamphlet denouncing ------------ and the incredible lengths unmarried men must go to to avoid it (never be alone, very brief hygienic attention to the pubic area in the shower, what to do & think about before bedtime, etc.). It's a very compartmentalized mental life.

#30 | Posted by kenx at 2014-08-01 12:17 AM | Reply | Flag:

NOMEN GLOBAL LANGUAGE CENTERS?

Sound more like a Lesbian School.

#31 | Posted by shirtsbyeric at 2014-08-01 10:24 AM | Reply | Flag:

"It's a very compartmentalized mental life."

#30 | Posted by kenx

That's what cults do.

#32 | Posted by Harry_Powell at 2014-08-01 01:36 PM | Reply | Flag:

#11 | Posted by pragmatist
"All I can say is: niggardly."

Yep. Great minds think alike. (How that applies to the two of us, I've no clue.)

I'm curious as to what species the students are told they belong to, as well.

#33 | Posted by TheTom at 2014-08-01 11:56 PM | Reply | Flag:

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