The Salt Lake Tribune writes about a private educational outfit that fired one of its employees because he wrote a blog post about the use of ‘homophones’ (words that sound the same while having different meanings and even different spellings) because they were afraid of “creating the perception that the school promoted a gay agenda.”
It reminds me of the time that the aide to the mayor of Washington DC had to resign because he used the word ‘niggardly’ in a statement and people took offense, not realizing that it was not a racial slur but meant miserly. He was rehired a month later after people realized that they looked like idiots for taking action based on ignorance.
Then there was the case of someone taking offense over the phrase ‘black hole’, not realizing that it was a metaphor for a place where things disappear but presumably thought that it was a hole filled with black people. He even retaliated by saying it should be called a ‘white hole’, apparently not realizing that that too is a scientific term that would be quite inappropriate as a metaphor.