Old Testament

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What is another meaning for the word “gomer”?

In addition to being Hosea’s wife’s name, the word gomer is used to refer to an undesirable hospital patient. In this sense of the word, gomer is an acronym for Get that person Out of My Emergency Room. The word gomer is used also to describe an oafish, social misfit. Think Gomer Pyle from the 1960s television series The Andy Griffith Show.


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