What is a Gomer?

There are lots of different definitions of the word “Gomer” out there, ranging from “idiot” to “naive.” When we use it, we tend to fall on the side of naive, describing ourselves as two guys who don’t quite know what they’re doing, but who do it anyway. We’re not stupid (especially when it comes to Star Trek, Apple, music, and time-travel movies), but when it comes to running, we’re definitely gomers!

Here’s another good definition, from the online urban slang dictionary:

A person who does something correctly but in an odd way. Such as swimming, but looking like you’re drowning. Or writing but using all your fingers to grip the pencil. (example: That guy runs like a gomer.)

That example sentence was really in there.

We’ve discovered that one of the best ways to describe a gomer is to use examples in the media. Here’s a couple:

Larry David

Larry David

Ross on Friends

Ross on Friends

Ray on Everybody Loves Raymond

Ray on Everybody Loves Raymond

Zach Roloff

Zach Roloff

Any other ideas?

10 Responses to “What is a Gomer?”

  1. How about the original…..Gomer Pyle, USMC??

  2. Michael Scott…..the worlds best boss. :)

  3. Liz Lemon on 30 Rock.

  4. Another gomer girl: Bridget Jones. From the books, preferably, but the movie version will do, too.

  5. GOMER =

    Get
    Out of
    My
    Emergency
    Room

  6. **Genuine Outreach 2 Motivate & Entertain Runners**

  7. would Forrest Gump qualify??

  8. Who do you think is the gomer on Sienfeld?

  9. I agree – House of God. GOMER stands for “Get out of my emergency room”. Basically referring to people who are old and demented

  10. Actually, the term gomer originated in veterinary medicine, guys. Meaning a bull whose penis has been removed or split. As a slang descriptive word, you’re calling someone useless and impotent. Maybe not how two young runners would like to describe themselves…

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