Monday, June 25, 2007
When I receive the New York State Bar Journal via snail mail, I always turn first to Professor Emerita Gertrude Block's column of Language Tips. Professor Block fields questions from attorneys about correct language usage, and often the topics include changes in language. This month Professor Block points out words that have newly entered the Shorter OED. The one I had never heard before was "gomer." I said it out loud, immediately thought of Gomer Pyle, and was not far off in my sense of its meaning. Professor Block gently suggests that some readers may have a colleague who is a gomer.