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Utah School Fires Employee for Promoting “Homophones”

“A ‘SOCIAL media strategist’ for  a school in Utah has been sacked after writing a blog post explaining what a homophone was. According to Torkildson, who posted the conversation between the two on Facebook, Woodger said that Torkildson ‘could not be trusted’ and that he was worried that the school would now be associated with homosexuality.”


— From an article in the Sunshine Coast Daily. We’re not sure the administrator knows a homophone is a grammatical term, or if he just thinks it’s a telephone that likes other telephones. As for the offending blog post? The excerpt in question is below.

Homophones include words that have the same pronunciation. The Greek phone means “sound.” Homophones may have the same spelling, but they don’t have to. Here are some examples:

Turn right at this corner.
Write your name at the top of the page.

When I went camping, I slept on a cot.
When I went fishing, I caught a fish.”

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