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Random Thought: Sodom & Gomorrah

Everyone (raised under the umbrella of a Christian or Jewish heritage) has heard of Sodom & Gomorrah.

Sodom lives on in words like sodomy and sodomite. But what about forgotten Gomorrah?

This was originally going to be a post about how Gomorrah got nothing, and was going to propose that we make 'gomorrahmy' be the same thing as sodomy, but when corporations do it figuratively to the little guys. "Wal-Mart is often guilty of gomorrahmy when they open a store in an area and drive all the mom-and-pop stores out of business." Or, "Instead of paying Mrs. Smith's medical bills after she broke her coccyx slipping on their unmarked wet floor, Best Buy gomorrahmized her by suing her for the cleaning bill to get the blood stain out of their carpet."

Then I decided to look it up to make sure before I posted.

And lo! I found a word that claims to have tenuous ties to Gomorrah: gonorrhea.

Here's the entry from EtymOnline about it:
also gonorrhoea, 1520s, from L. L. gonorrhoia, from gonos "seed" (see gonad) + rhoe "flow," from rhein "to flow" (see rheum). Mucus discharge was mistaken for semen. In early records often Gomoria, etc., from folk etymology association with biblical Gomorrah.


I still think we should totally make 'gomorrahmy' a word, though. I am going to willfully ignore the entry on Urban Dictionary for this word. I suggest you do the same.

[Note: I do not have access to the OED, so if there are any other actual references, do regale me/us.]


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