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A contraction of pomegranate, rhyming slang for immigrant (“imme-granate”). The older term of Jimmy Grant, meaning immigrant, became Pommy Grant as the Australian sun turned the immigrant's skin pomegranate red.
Many folk etymologies also exist:
- A devolution of “Prisoner of His/Her Majesty” or “POHM”
- An acronym for “Prisoner of Mother England”
- An American alcoholic drink containing vodka and pomegranate juice.
- (Australia, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) An Englishman, A Briton, A person of British decent.
The use of this word to refer to a British person is considered by some to be pejorative. The word is, however, used by many Australians and some British people as a neutral or even affirmative term. It can however still be offensive.
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