I thought this had to be a hoax.
I prayed it was a hoax.
It’s not a hoax.
Now I’m washing my brains off the ceiling using a rag on a stick.
Behold…from the Salt Lake Tribune:
“…the social-media specialist for a private Provo-based English language learning center wrote a blog explaining homophones, he was let go for creating the perception that the school promoted a gay agenda. Tim Torkildson says after he wrote the blog on the website of his employer, Nomen Global Language Center, his boss and Nomen owner Clarke Woodger, called him into his office and told him he was fired. As Torkildson tells it, Woodger said he could not trust him and that the blog about homophones was the last straw. “Now our school is going to be associated with homosexuality,” Woodger complained, according to Torkildson, who posted the exchange on his Facebook page….”
Woodger denied that this was why Torkildson was fired, but undercut his denials by telling the paper that…
“…his school has taught 6,500 students from 58 countries during the past 15 years. Most of them, he says, are at basic levels of English and are not ready for the more complicated concepts such as homophones. “People at this level of English,” Woodger says, ” … may see the ‘homo’ side and think it has something to do with gay sex.”
Veteran readers here as well as collectors of bureaucratic embarrassments will recognize this as a repeat of the District of Columbia’s infamous “niggardly” incident, which also spawned the Ethics Alarms Niggardly Principles, in which a manager who had a vocabulary superior to the average Irish Setter was fired because he dared to use the word “niggardly” in the workplace, and either his supervisor didn’t know what the word means or took the position that the sensitivity of ignorant employees to words that sound a little like slurs but aren’t should be honored over those who understand how to communicate. Woodger’s conduct is arguably worse, since he runs a language learning center, and if you don’t know that a lot of English words sound like other words and have different meanings, you’re not going to do very well in the U.S.
This is best (worst?) example of the sad and corrosive phenomenon of capitulating to imaginary offense born of ignorance and political correctness hypersensitivity since Hallmark pulled a greeting card because of an NAACP protest claiming that “black holes” was a racial slur.
When our heads stop exploding over these things, we are doomed. On the plus side, when our brains are plastered on the ceiling, we can speak with those who think niggardly, homophone and “black holes” are offensive on equal intellectual terms.
Pointer: Rick Jones
Sources: Salt Lake Tribune