Homophonia strikes again

Hired to do social media for a Provo, Utah language school, Tim Torkildson wrote a post about homophones — ad and add, ail and ale, aye and eye, etc. He finished with a plug for the English language classes offered by Nomen Global Language Center.  

He was fired. “Now our school is going to be associated with homosexuality,” said his boss, Clarke Woodger, according to Torkildson’s blog.

Woodger complained he “had to look up the word because I didn’t know what the hell you were talking about,” according to Torkildson.

No, it’s not The Onion.  It’s not a hoax.

The Salt Lake City Tribune talked to Woodger, who said, “People at this level of English may see the ‘homo’ side and think it has something to do with gay sex.”

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  1. Mark Roulo says:

    He was probably *really* fired because the folks at the “Nomen Global Language Center” are niggardly and don’t want to pay him.

  2. wahoofive says:

    Bringing out those hoary old jokes again, Mark?

  3. What’s really hilarious is that this isn’t just a language school; it’s an ENGLISH language school, focusing on ESL studies for foreigners. English is the only language they teach, and this guy didn’t even know what a homophone was. While Nomen might gain a dubious marketing benefit from Woodger’s excruciating sensitivity to foreign students who might think that a homo-anything is something to be avoided while searching out an ESL school (which for many potential students is just a way to change to F1 status while in the US on a tourist visa), Nomen has made itself a laughingstock among language schools.

    • As a Colorado resident, I couldn’t help but laugh at the slogan plastered on Nomen’s web page: “English will take you higher.” If they really want to get higher, some of the students are going to opt for Colorado over Utah these days….I’m reeferring to elevation, of course……

  4. Thanks for the post on my predicament. It isn’t every day a man can get “woodgered” so badly!

    • Woodger preference be for your old job back, or never to have to work for such a nitwit ever again?

      If you should ever publish his e-mail, he’s bound to get dozens of copies of that little viral piece that ends with something like “my check her tolled me sew.”

      • Found it.

        Eye halve a spelling chequer,
        It runs on my pea sea.
        It plainly marques four my revue
        Miss steaks aye can knot sea.
        I strike a quay and type a word
        And weight for it too say
        Weather eye am wrong or write
        It shews me strait aweigh.
        As soon as a mist ache is maid
        It nose bee four two long
        And eye can putt the error rite
        It’s rare lee ever wrong
        Eyes run this poem threw it
        I’m shore your please two no
        It’s letter perfect all the weigh
        My chequer tolled me sew!

  5. wahoofive says:

    Isn’t the principal worried that no males would want to attend a school named “Nomen”?

  6. What about Woodger’s fear of tangents? Regarded from that angle, it’s a familiar story.