A typical list of homophones... or "gay words", as they're known in Utah...
This is one of those stories you have trouble telling with a straight face (pardon the phrase), because it's just too ridiculous to be true. But apparently, this is legit...
An English instructor at Utah's largest English as a Second Language school has been fired after writing a blog piece concerning the grammatical headache of "homophones" in the English language. Homophones, for those who might not know, are words that sound the same, but have different spellings and meanings. You "would" be expected to know "wood" is a product made from a living thing, for example.
Instructor Tim Turkildson was terminated by his boss Clarke Woodger, who is also the owner of Nomen Global Language Center, because the blog piece would make people believe "our school is going to be associated with homosexuality." Woodger later admitted he had to look up "homophone" in a dictionary, but sticks by his decision to fire Turkildson.
This is beyond belief.
Maybe the owner of the school should sign up for a few classes, himself.
I hope Tennessee's state Senator Stacey Campfield doesn't hear about this, because he'll propose a bill to forbid the teaching of homophones in Tennessee's classrooms.
Can't be too careful, you know?