Okay, This Is Stupidly Weird

Paul Rolly: Blogger fired from language school over ‘homophonia’ | The Salt Lake Tribune

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.

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.

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.

Does Mitt Romney know?

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.


Okay, This Is Stupidly Weird — 7 Comments

  1. Dialects have changed things. Historically wich, witch, and which were all homophones.

    Wich (a bundle of thread–or short for sandwich) and which are pronounced the same just like it is spelled.

    Witch, on the other hand, used to be pronounced the same as the other two and is now pronounced: ‘pell-oh-see.’

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