And anyone from England is a "Pom" (shortened form of "Pommy Git"), the accepted plural of which is "bloody Poms".
This is one of the few matters on which we agree with the Aussies (unlike the origin of pavlovas)
Certain Poms will try to tell you that "Pom" actually refers to Aussies as it's "an acronym for Prisoner Of Mother England (POME) due to Australia being a former penal colony" which is right up there with "For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge" and "Fornication Under the Consent of the King" as far as completely ludicrous and spurious acronymic origins go.
The etymology of "Pom" is "uncertain", the two leading contenders both reference "pomegranate" - either as Rhyming Slang for "immigrant" or due to the red colour which was typical of recent arrivals (used to a climate in which "summer" can be measured in hours
) to the sunnier climes of Australia.
Whatever its origin, the term has always been applied to people from England, not to Aussies or Kiwis.
Another point: if a person whines or otherwise loudly complains in a moaning/whining tone, it's "whinging
" (Pron: "winjing") - which is pretty much a hanging offence.
I can't for the life of me think why I'd suddenly think of that after mentioning Poms
edited 21st Mar '13 4:40:41 AM by Wolf1066