Air Force Language (1962); Medical Slang (1994)

Arnold Zwicky zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Mon Jul 23 03:52:09 UTC 2001

like doug wilson, i'm suspicious about the acronymic source for
GOMER.  i've known the term for over twenty years - learned it
from medical friends, including some e.r. specialists - but didn't
hear the acronym etymology until last year.  my doctor/nurse/
social worker/aide friends, when asked about the source of GOMER,
had no idea; that's just what they're called, i was told.

arnold (zwicky at

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