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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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He then made them laugh when he said: "I've been through my fair share of being called a 'pommie b***d' - by God it was good for the character.
Pom or Pommie could be derived from "prisoners of mother England" - or come from pomegranate, the colour new prisoners went in the sun.
It meant England missed a trick in their mind games with the Aussies who touched down at Heathrow in the early hours expecting to read all about another crushing Pommie win.
And there will be no let of in the physical or verbal stakes as the left-arm quick attempts to exploit what the Aussies consider a weakness in the Pommie armoury.
All matches of the championship will also be streamed on www.espnstar.com with a 5 minute delay.SS's presentation team will include stars like Sourav Ganguly, Sanjay Manjrekar, Nasser Hussain, Wasim Akram, Ramiz Raja, Tony Greig, Ian Chappell, Mark Waugh, Russell Arnold, Ian Bishop, Pommie Mbangwa, Damien Fleming, Simon Doull, David Lloyd, Harsha Bhogle and Alan Wilkins.
"The Pommie pack is always good and strong, and will do a great job.
"He even gave some Souths gear to Cristiano Ronaldo the other week - I don't think Ronaldo had a clue who they were!" Burgess, earning pounds 170,000-a-year, is fast becoming a face Down Under, with ex-Australia star Gorden Tallis branding him "the best Pommie to come out here in 20 years".
'Freddie' Flintoff reduced a talented, cocky Aussie batting order to quivering wrecks, a sight that gladdened my Pommie eyes and cast away the inferiority complex I nearly always feel when we play them.
Pommie Gauture was the pick of the Rogerstone batting with 42 while Khan made 36 and Berry 26, but they finished 16 runs short of the Barry total.
"I thought people might think 'what's a Pommie girl doing in the middle of the Outback?'.
Much has been made of the rivalry between the two nations - but Luke's view of Pommie hospitality is undimmed.
The Aussie media swooped to record 'a typical Pommie supporters war' but found themselves in awe of such charmed banter.