Tim Torkildson, a former employee at the Nomen Global Language Center based in Utah, says he was removed from his role as head of social media because of the mistake.
His boss claimed his article, which explained homophones means words that sound the same but have different meanings (such as their and there), could give off the impression the school promoted homosexuality.
While they both come from the Greek word ‘homo’ – which means ‘same’ – they mean, like ‘homo sapien’ or ‘homophobia’, very different things.
Speaking to the Salt Lake City Tribune, Torkildson said after the post went public he was called into the office of the company’s owner Clarke Woodger.
Woodger then told him he was fired.
Torkildson posted the conversation between the two on Facebook, with Woodger saying the social media writer ‘could not be trusted’.
The explanation to homophones has now been removed from the language school’s website.
Torkildson said he thought the post was relatively straightforward, and something those in the early stages of learning English would find useful.