Origin of English word GONORRHEA

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English Word

GONORRHEA

Edenic Word

GHaMoaRaH

Hebrew Word

עמרה

Transliteration

Ayin-Mem-Resh-Hey

Pronounciation

GOMORRAH

Conversion

[GMRH]

Roots

This  is a recovered Hebraicism, not an etymology involving humanity’s Edenic pre-history. The city of Sodom is the acknowledged source of the word  SODOMY.  Its twin city, Gomorrah (Genesis19:24), was also nuked to oblivion. In Joseph T. Shipley's book, TheOriginsofEnglishWords (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1984), it is noted that GONORRHEA was spelled gomoriain the Sixteenth Century in the belief that the disease was an affliction of Sodom and Gomorrah. This “gomoria” echoes Gomorrah, from [A]MoaRaH or GHaMoaRaH, favoring the traditional Sepahrdic Ayin as a guttural.

The etymon offered in most dictionaries, and the one which influences our current spelling of the term, is gon (semen) + rhoia (flow). These Greek words represent the mistaken notion that discharges of semen are involved.  The offered etymology may not be an intentional cover-up, but an innocent attempt to Hellenize an elusive, foreign term.


Branches

The Ayin/ GH of another Biblical city, GHaZaH/Gaza, is rendered as a G at GAUZE


Related Words

GAUZE



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