An education blogger was fired for teaching students about homophones. Yes, you read that right.

An education blogger was fired for teaching students about homophones. Yes, you read that right.
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This is the kind of filth that Tim Torkildson puts on his blog. (via Tim Torkildson)

Homophones are words that sound the same, but have totally different meanings, and usually spellings. For example, "knight" and "night" are homophones. When people are learning English, it's important to tell them about homophones, because they are confusing as heck to non-native speakers. That's why Tim Torkildson wrote his very last blog post on the topic before getting fired by his employer, the Nomen Global Language Center, an English as a Second Language (ESL) school in Utah. As you can see from this photo, Mr. Torkildson is a real troublemaker:

The homophones blog post got Torkildson fired because "homo" is a homophone that can sometimes mean "gay." The idiot who fired Torkildson was Nomen's owner, Clarke Woodger, as in "woodger believe someone so stupid could run an educational business?"

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English will take a female sheep higher? (via NomenGlobal.com)

Woodger fired Torkildson for making it appear as if Nomen was promoting a gay agenda. Seriously. Here's Torkildson's account, posted on his personal blog, of what transpired between himself and Woodger:

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I don't know about you, but if I ever have to hire someone who learned English as a Second Language, I'm going to make sure it's not one of the idiots who sailed through this institute of higher learning.

In case you think this is just Torkildson's version of events, Woodger spoke with the Salt Lake Tribune, explaining that the school's students have a poor grasp of English: “People at this level of English,” Woodger says, “ … may see the ‘homo’ side and think it has something to do with gay sex.”

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What level of English is Woodger at? Isn't part of teaching people English about getting them past the stage where they giggle like Beavis and Butthead just because a word contains "homo"? 

Should someone tell him about Homo Sapiens? Obviously, Woodger doesn't have to worry about being called one, but if he's going to be working with homo sapiens, maybe someone should tell him the basics.

(by Johnny McNulty)

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