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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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Rugby great Michael Lynagh today issued a chilling warning to Wales ahead of next month's big Millennium Stadium showdown with England by declaring: 'Write the Pommies off at your peril.'
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'And it's nearly pointless betting on (individual) matches because the Pommies are just going to be huge prices, just like their cricketers.
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With both semi-finals being played at Twickenham, in front of 75,000 Pommies, they have to be a danger."