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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 from Friends
Ray on Everybody Loves Raymond
Ray on Everybody Loves Raymond

Any other ideas?


  1. Elliot
    Elliot September 20, 2009

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

    • zachman
      zachman November 2, 2018

      Yes! First thing I thought of when finding out about this podcast (here in the end of 2018 haha)

  2. bradleyd3
    bradleyd3 November 8, 2009

    Michael Scott…..the worlds best boss. 🙂

  3. jen d
    jen d November 9, 2009

    Liz Lemon on 30 Rock.

  4. Skye
    Skye November 22, 2009

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

  5. Tony
    Tony November 29, 2009

    GOMER =

    Out of

  6. Laura
    Laura May 4, 2010

    **Genuine Outreach 2 Motivate & Entertain Runners**

  7. Tricia
    Tricia November 27, 2010

    would Forrest Gump qualify??

  8. Dana
    Dana March 9, 2011

    Who do you think is the gomer on Sienfeld?

  9. CJH
    CJH March 14, 2011

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

  10. Karen
    Karen October 30, 2013

    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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