"gomer" (was: Air Force Language (1962); Medical Slang (1994))

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Fri Jul 27 01:46:10 UTC 2001

On Thu, 26 Jul 2001, David M. Robertson wrote:

> I have heard that Groening named Homer Simpson after the main character in
> Nathanael West's "Day of the Locust" because he admired that book (as do I).

I did some research into the matter, and it appears that, although
Groening's father was named Homer, Homer Simpson's name does derive from
the Nathanael West character.

Fred Shapiro

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