Frequent question: Why are Brits called poms in Australia?

What does Pom mean in Australian slang?

Pommy” (or “pom” or “pommie”) is a primarily Australian (and largely derisive) slang term used to indicate a recent immigrant from Great Britain, or a Brit in general.

Why are they called the Poms?

It stands for ‘Not On Normal Courtyard Exercise,’ and was used to tell staff not to let the prisoner out of their cell when the courtyard was full of punch-happy paedo-haters. Anyway, back to Pom. The most widely accepted theory goes that the word was originally a shortening of pomegranate.

What does it mean to call someone a Pom?

Noun. pom (plural poms) (Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, derogatory) An Englishman, a Briton; a person of British descent.

What does Pommie stand for?

or pom·mie (pŏm′ē) pl. pom·mies Australian & New Zealand Offensive Slang. Used as a disparaging term for a British person, especially a recent immigrant. [Shortening and alteration of pomegranate, Pummy Grant, alterations of Jimmy Grant, probably rhyming alteration of immigrant.]

What is poms stand for?


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)
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What did the British call Australia in 1788?

Australia, once known as New South Wales, was originally planned as a penal colony. In October 1786, the British government appointed Arthur Phillip captain of the HMS Sirius, and commissioned him to establish an agricultural work camp there for British convicts.

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.

Where does the Australian word Pom come from?

Pom. An enduring myth is that the word pom (as in whinging pom and other more colourful expressions) is an acronym from either “Prisoner of His Majesty” or even “Permit of Migration”, for the original convicts or settlers who sailed from Britain to Australia.

What do you call a British girl?

Bird. This is British slang for a girl or a woman.

Is POM a real word?

Yes, pom is in the scrabble dictionary.