Are you afraid of the Homophones?


tay
#1
This concept is taught early on to foreign students learning English because it can be confusing to someone whose native language does not have that feature.


Homophones, as any English grammarian can tell you, are words that sound the same but have different meanings and often different spellings — such as be and bee, through and threw, which and witch, their and there.




But when 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.

Torkildson says he was careful to write a straightforward explanation of homophones. He knew the "homo" part of the word could be politically charged, but he thought the explanation of that quirky part of the English language would be educational.

Nomen has removed that blog from its website, but a similar explanation of homophones was posted there in 2011 with apparently no controversy.


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taxslave
+2
#2
Apparently the owner is not only a homophobe he also does not have a very good grasp of the English language.
 
Locutus
#3
the sensible thing to do is to ban the prefix homo entirely. strike it from the cursed records.
 
taxslave
+1
#4
So are we just Sapians now?
 
Locutus
#5
Quote: Originally Posted by taxslaveView Post

So are we just Sapians now?

if the uppity and easily-offended are tickity-boo, then sure, why not.
 
taxslave
+1
#6
Better eliminate gay from the volcabulary as well. Would't want anyone to get the wrong idea about how one feels.
 
SLM
+2
#7
This is too stupid even for a facepalm.
 
Locutus
#8
Quote: Originally Posted by taxslaveView Post

Better eliminate gay from the volcabulary as well. Would't want anyone to get the wrong idea about how one feels.


it's the only way to be sure.
 
Machjo
#9
Quote: Originally Posted by LocutusView Post

the sensible thing to do is to ban the prefix homo entirely. strike it from the cursed records.

Same-ophones? Hmmm... would take some getting used to, but doable... I guess.
 
Retired_Can_Soldier
#10
too two to be bee who's whose moose moose <--Hey caret carrot carat rose rose<--WTF
  1. accessary, accessory
  2. ad, add
  3. ail, ale
  4. air, heir
  5. aisle, I'll, isle
  6. all, awl
  7. allowed, aloud
  8. alms, arms
  9. altar, alter
  10. arc, ark
  11. aren't, aunt
  12. ate, eight
  13. auger, augur
  14. auk, orc
  15. aural, oral
  16. away, aweigh
  17. awe, oar, or, ore
  18. axel, axle
  19. aye, eye, I
  20. bail, bale
  21. bait, bate
  22. baize, bays
  23. bald, bawled
  24. ball, bawl
  25. band, banned
  26. bard, barred
  27. bare, bear
  28. bark, barque
  29. baron, barren
  30. base, bass
  31. bay, bey
  32. bazaar, bizarre
  33. be, bee
  34. beach, beech
  35. bean, been
  36. beat, beet
  37. beau, bow
    1. beer, bier
    2. bel, bell, belle
    3. berry, bury
    4. berth, birth
    5. bight, bite, byte
    6. billed, build
    7. bitten, bittern
    8. blew, blue
    9. bloc, block
    10. boar, bore
    11. board, bored
    12. boarder, border
    13. bold, bowled
    14. boos, booze
    15. born, borne
    16. bough, bow
    17. boy, buoy
    18. brae, bray
    19. braid, brayed
    20. braise, brays, braze
    21. brake, break
    22. bread, bred
    23. brews, bruise
    24. bridal, bridle
    25. broach, brooch
    26. bur, burr
    27. but, butt
    28. buy, by, bye
    29. buyer, byre
    30. calendar, calender
    31. call, caul
    32. canvas, canvass
    33. cast, caste
    34. caster, castor
    35. caught, court
    36. caw, core, corps
    37. cede, seed
    38. ceiling, sealing
    39. cell, sell
    40. censer, censor, sensor
    41. cent, scent, sent
    42. cereal, serial
    43. cheap, cheep
    44. check, cheque
    45. choir, quire
    46. chord, cord
    47. cite, sight, site
    48. clack, claque
    49. clew, clue
    50. climb, clime
    51. close, cloze
    52. coal, kohl
    53. coarse, course
    54. coign, coin
    55. colonel, kernel
    56. complacent, complaisant
    57. complement, compliment
    58. coo, coup
    59. cops, copse
    60. council, counsel
    61. cousin, cozen
    62. creak, creek
    63. crews, cruise
    64. cue, kyu, queue
    65. curb, kerb
    66. currant, current
    67. cymbol, symbol
    68. dam, damn
    69. days, daze
    70. dear, deer
    71. descent, dissent
    72. desert, dessert
    73. deviser, divisor
    1. dew, due
    2. die, dye
    3. discreet, discrete
    4. doe, doh, dough
    5. done, dun
    6. douse, dowse
    7. draft, draught
    8. dual, duel
    9. earn, urn
    10. eery, eyrie
    11. ewe, yew, you
    12. faint, feint
    13. fah, far
    14. fair, fare
    15. farther, father
    16. fate, fête
    17. faun, fawn
    18. fay, fey
    19. faze, phase
    20. feat, feet
    21. ferrule, ferule
    22. few, phew
    23. fie, phi
    24. file, phial
    25. find, fined
    26. fir, fur
    27. fizz, phiz
    28. flair, flare
    29. flaw, floor
    30. flea, flee
    31. flex, flecks
    32. flew, flu, flue
    33. floe, flow
    34. flour, flower
    35. foaled, fold
    36. for, fore, four
    37. foreword, forward
    38. fort, fought
    39. forth, fourth
    40. foul, fowl
    41. franc, frank
    42. freeze, frieze
    43. friar, fryer
    44. furs, furze
    45. gait, gate
    46. galipot, gallipot
    47. gallop, galop
    48. gamble, gambol
    49. gays, gaze
    50. genes, jeans
    51. gild, guild
    52. gilt, guilt
    53. giro, gyro
    54. gnaw, nor
    55. gneiss, nice
    56. gorilla, guerilla
    57. grate, great
    58. greave, grieve
    59. greys, graze
    60. grisly, grizzly
    61. groan, grown
    62. guessed, guest
    63. hail, hale
    64. hair, hare
    65. hall, haul
    66. hangar, hanger
    67. hart, heart
    68. haw, hoar, *****
    69. hay, hey
    70. heal, heel, he'll
    71. hear, here
    72. heard, herd
    73. he'd, heed
    74. heroin, heroine
    75. hew, hue
    76. hi, high
    77. higher, hire
    78. him, hymn
    79. ho, hoe
    80. hoard, horde
    81. hoarse, horse
    82. holey, holy, wholly
    83. hour, our
    84. idle, idol
    85. in, inn
    86. indict, indite
    87. it's, its
    88. jewel, joule
    89. key, quay
    90. knave, nave
    91. knead, need
    92. knew, new
    93. knight, night
    94. knit, nit
    95. knob, nob
    96. knock, nock
    97. knot, not
    98. know, no
    99. knows, nose
    100. laager, lager
    101. lac, lack
    102. lade, laid
    103. lain, lane
    104. lam, lamb
    105. laps, lapse
    106. larva, lava
    107. lase, laze
    108. law, lore
    109. lay, ley
    110. lea, lee
    1. leach, leech
    2. lead, led
    3. leak, leek
    4. lean, lien
    5. lessen, lesson
    6. levee, levy
    7. liar, lyre
    8. licence, license
    9. licker, liquor
    10. lie, lye
    11. lieu, loo
    12. links, lynx
    13. lo, low
    14. load, lode
    15. loan, lone
    16. locks, lox
    17. loop, loupe
    18. loot, lute
    19. made, maid
    20. mail, male
    21. main, mane
    22. maize, maze
    23. mall, maul
    24. manna, manner
    25. mantel, mantle
    26. mare, mayor
    27. mark, marque
    28. marshal, martial
    29. marten, martin
    30. mask, masque
    31. maw, more
    32. me, mi
    33. mean, mien
    34. meat, meet, mete
    35. medal, meddle
    36. metal, mettle
    37. meter, metre
    38. might, mite
    39. miner, minor, mynah
    40. mind, mined
    41. missed, mist
    42. moat, mote
    43. mode, mowed
    44. moor, more
    45. moose, mousse
    46. morning, mourning
    47. muscle, mussel
    48. naval, navel
    49. nay, neigh
    50. nigh, nye
    51. none, nun
    52. od, odd
    53. ode, owed
    54. oh, owe
    55. one, won
    56. packed, pact
    57. packs, pax
    58. pail, pale
    59. pain, pane
    60. pair, pare, pear
    61. palate, palette, pallet
    62. pascal, paschal
    63. paten, patten, pattern
    64. pause, paws, pores, pours
    65. pawn, porn
    66. pea, pee
    67. peace, piece
    68. peak, peek, peke, pique
    69. peal, peel
    70. pearl, purl
    71. pedal, peddle
    72. peer, pier
    73. pi, pie
    74. pica, pika
    75. place, plaice
    76. plain, plane
    77. pleas, please
    78. plum, plumb
    79. pole, poll
    80. poof, pouffe
    81. practice, practise
    82. praise, prays, preys
    83. principal, principle
    84. profit, prophet
    85. quarts, quartz
    86. quean, queen
    87. rain, reign, rein
    88. raise, rays, raze
    89. rap, wrap
    90. raw, roar
    91. read, reed
    92. read, red
    93. real, reel
    94. reek, wreak
    95. rest, wrest
    96. retch, wretch
    97. review, revue
    98. rheum, room
    99. right, rite, wright, write
    100. ring, wring
    101. road, rode
    102. roe, row
    103. role, roll
    104. roo, roux, rue
    105. rood, rude
    106. root, route
    107. rose, rows
    108. rota, rotor
    109. rote, wrote
    110. rough, ruff
    1. rouse, rows
    2. rung, wrung
    3. rye, wry
    4. saver, savour
    5. spade, spayed
    6. sale, sail
    7. sane, seine
    8. satire, satyr
    9. sauce, source
    10. saw, soar, sore
    11. scene, seen
    12. scull, skull
    13. sea, see
    14. seam, seem
    15. sear, seer, sere
    16. seas, sees, seize
    17. sew, so, sow
    18. shake, sheikh
    19. shear, sheer
    20. shoe, shoo
    21. sic, sick
    22. side, sighed
    23. sign, sine
    24. sink, synch
    25. slay, sleigh
    26. sloe, slow
    27. sole, soul
    28. some, sum
    29. son, sun
    30. sort, sought
    31. spa, spar
    32. staid, stayed
    33. stair, stare
    34. stake, steak
    35. stalk, stork
    36. stationary, stationery
    37. steal, steel
    38. stile, style
    39. storey, story
    40. straight, strait
    41. sweet, suite
    42. swat, swot
    43. tacks, tax
    44. tale, tail
    45. talk, torque
    46. tare, tear
    47. taught, taut, tort
    48. te, tea, tee
    49. team, teem
    50. tear, tier
    51. teas, tease
    52. terce, terse
    53. tern, turn
    54. there, their, they're
    55. threw, through
    56. throes, throws
    57. throne, thrown
    58. thyme, time
    59. tic, tick
    60. tide, tied
    61. tire, tyre
    62. to, too, two
    63. toad, toed, towed
    64. told, tolled
    65. tole, toll
    66. ton, tun
    67. tor, tore
    68. tough, tuff
    69. troop, troupe
    70. tuba, tuber
    71. vain, vane, vein
    72. vale, veil
    73. vial, vile
    74. wail, wale, whale
    75. wain, wane
    76. waist, waste
    77. wait, weight
    78. waive, wave
    79. wall, waul
    80. war, wore
    81. ware, wear, where
    82. warn, worn
    83. wart, wort
    84. watt, what
    85. wax, whacks
    86. way, weigh, whey
    87. we, wee, whee
    88. weak, week
    89. we'd, weed
    90. weal, we'll, wheel
    91. wean, ween
    92. weather, whether
    93. weaver, weever
    94. weir, we're
    95. were, whirr
    96. wet, whet
    97. wheald, wheeled
    98. which, witch
    99. whig, wig
    100. while, wile
    101. whine, wine
    102. whirl, whorl
    103. whirled, world
    104. whit, wit
    105. white, wight
    106. who's, whose
    107. woe, whoa
    108. wood, would
    109. yaw, yore, your, you're
    110. yoke, yolk
    111. you'll, yule
 
QuebecCanadian
+2
#11
Personally, I'm homophonic.
 
SLM
+1
#12
Quote: Originally Posted by QuebecCanadianView Post

Personally, I'm homophonic.

I'm hooked on phonics. You start off thinking you can try just one.......
 
Locutus
+1
#13
Quote: Originally Posted by SLMView Post

I'm hooked on phonics. You start off thinking you can try just one.......



^ I was hooked on that phones when I was a kid. It might make me gay and, and, if you tilt your head, squint your eyes and look for the right clues , he might even be mulatto...so I fit in the 'attracted to other races' thread too. double win.
 
Corduroy
+3
#14  Top Rated Post
It's political incorrectness gone mad.
Last edited by Corduroy; Aug 1st, 2014 at 04:16 PM..
 
Blackleaf
#15
Quote: Originally Posted by LocutusView Post

the sensible thing to do is to ban the prefix homo entirely. strike it from the cursed records.


What for? "Homo" is the Greek word for "same."

This is just anopther case of political correctness gone mad and another perfect example of why the PC Brigade lack any kind of intelligence and even simple common sense.
 
BaalsTears
+1
#16
Everyone should have the right to use a phone. Equal access for everyone.
 
spaminator
+1
#17
 
SLM
#18
Quote: Originally Posted by spaminatorView Post

Now that is frightening. On so very many levels.
 
mentalfloss
#19
 
Celeste157
#20
try to be better
 

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