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Pommy

A slang term used in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa for a Briton understood to be of English heritage. Originally derogatory, the Australian Advertising Standards Board and the New Zealand Broadcasting Standards Authority have deemed Pom and Pomm copacetic terms.

The term is of unknown origin, but theories include derivatives of:

– Pomegranate, due to the colour of sunburnt skin (as well as a rhyming slang for immigrant);
– POME (Prisoner of Mother England), due to British former use of Australia as a penal colony;
– Pommery Champagne, a drink preferred by some English gentleman cricket players on cricket tours.
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The Pommy Sheila will be heading to Ramsay Street to toss a shrimp on the barbie and sink a few tinnies with Toady, Paul Robinson and co.
BART CUMMINGS was in that hotel suite - Bart, the iconic 'Cups King' with the lived-in face that had given a victory smile to the race that stops a nation four times already, and who thought that anything Sangster did in Oz was a good idea as long as the man didn't get fancy ideas of flying in a pansy, Pommy horse to run off the plane.
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THERE are several theories explaining the origin of Pommy.
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SO WHAT was it like to be a pommy working in a racing yard in Australia when Choisir was strutting his stuff at Royal Ascot?
The term originates from DH Lawrence's 1923 book Kangaroo, in which the term Pommy was a shortened version of pomegranate - which rhymes with immigrant.