Question: Why do Aussies call us Poms?

Australians have been using the word freely since its probable emergence in the late 19th century as a nickname for English immigrants, a short form of pomegranate, referring to their ruddy complexions.

What does poms mean in Australia?

POMS is an acronym standing for prisoners of mother England … it’s what Australians sometimes call the British. It is also a sports team dance squad that carry pom-poms.

Why do Australia call British poms?

It comes from Sydney Rhyming Slang. ‘Pom’ is short for ‘pomegranate’, which rhymes with ‘immigrant’. It dates from a time when the majority of immigrants to Australia were from Britain, with the result that the word ‘immigrant’ was synonymous with ‘British’ in people’s minds.

Where did the term POM come from?

pom. A British person, especially one from England. (Originally applied to an immigrant from the British Isles.) The word pom has its origin in wordplay. An early, derisory term for an immigrant in Australia was the rhyming slang jimmygrant (sometimes written as Jimmy Grant), recorded in 1844.

What is a Pommie in Australia?

noun, plural pom·mies.( often initial capital letter)Slang: Usually Disparaging.(in Australia and New Zealand) a British person, especially one who is a recent immigrant. Also pommie, pom.

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What is poms short for?

POMS

Acronym Definition
POMS Profile of Mood Status
POMS Performance Outcome Management System (health care database)
POMS Port Operations Management System
POMS Parents Over My Shoulder (chat)

What is the abbreviation for POM?

POM

Acronym Definition
POM Put on the Market
POM Possession Of Marijuana
POM Playmate of the Month
POM Project Office Manager (various locations)

What do Australians call Americans?

Seppo is most often used by Australians and New Zealanders. It’s mostly used to contemptuously refer to Americans, those bloody seppos.

Do Aussies like the English?

Australia is a multicultural country and proud of it. We don’t hate the British, if we did, there would be hardly any Australians who would visit England. Many Australians have British heritage and proud of it.In every country however, you do find some people who have an attitude, or don’t like a certain nationality.

What does whinging pom mean?

The Winjin’ Pom (the name is a pun on the “whinging pom”, an Aussie expression used to refer to a person of British origin who constantly complains about things he has to face) caravan is famous not only for talking but also for flying, something which occurs several episodes in after a hijack by The Crows.

Why do Aussies say mate?

In Australia, a ‘mate’ is more than just a friend and is a term that implies a sense of shared experience, mutual respect and unconditional assistance.

What do Brits call Australia?

Although “ pom” (especially whinging pom) originally only applied to Englishmen who had newly emigrated to Australia, it’s now used to refer to Britons in general. Australians can be called Aussies, Ozzies or more formally antipodeans.

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Why do Australians swear so much?

Swearing provides a release for strong emotions. In Australia, swearing provides a release for weak emotions, such as encountered when telling the time. I have very vivid memories of the twin towers coming down early in the morning on TV in the outback. There were voices, and the voices were saying “Oh my Gaaahd”.

What does Smoko mean in Australia?

Smoko is an Aussie slang for a short break from the daily grind of work. A little moment away from the keyboard and the cubicle to just be yourself, stretch your legs, and your mind.