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.
(British person): Australian from 1912. contraction of pomegranate, rhyming slang for immigrant (“imme-granate"). The older term of Jimmy Grant, meaning immigrant, became Pommy Grant as the Australian sun allegedly turned immigrants"² skin pomegranate red.
Folk etymologies also exist, for example:
- A devolution of “Prisoner of His/Her Majesty" or “POHM";
- An acronym for “Prisoner of Mother England".
- An acronym for "Permit of Immigration".