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to genuinely wonder why australians call the brits poms...

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scatteredbraincells Mon 11-Jul-11 18:10:36

...since the Prisoners Of her Majesty were exiled to Australia...

When and how did this start? Anyone in the know?

(I'm now thinking that maybe the Indigenous australians were calling the exiled brits Prisoners and it kind of stuck as a reference to brits??... Just pondering really..)

LadyThumb Mon 11-Jul-11 18:32:51

Even Wikipedia don't know, so you're not alone.

MrsKravitz Mon 11-Jul-11 18:34:36

I always thought it was prisoners of mother england. Which I guess, Brits still are in one way or another.

pjmama Mon 11-Jul-11 18:34:49

I have a very vague recollection of something to do with the french for potatoes, pomme de terre? But I have no idea why or in what context, and I may well have just completely made it up! [hconfused]

pjmama Mon 11-Jul-11 18:35:36

Bugger! Why didn't my smiley work?

BalloonSlayer Mon 11-Jul-11 18:37:15

from transportation days. New people just in from England were

Prisoners Of his Majesty

pjmama Mon 11-Jul-11 18:39:25

I clearly did make it up then! grin

lottiejenkins Mon 11-Jul-11 18:40:18

this is what we were told POM meant when we went on a Duck Trip on the Thames!
Prisoner of Millbank = POM..........

cumbria81 Mon 11-Jul-11 18:40:53

I thought it was short for Pomegrante because the Brits' faces burnt in the sun and that's what they looked like

issey6cats Mon 11-Jul-11 19:21:38

i used to work with an aussie and asked him exactly this question and he said its from when every one rode horses and aussies said the english couldnt ride a horse properly because english saddles had pommells and aussie ones didnt which got shortened to poms

TwilightTeaser Mon 11-Jul-11 21:08:25

Thought it was Prisoner of the Motherland, or something similar.

LeQueen Mon 11-Jul-11 21:09:26

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

justinhawkinsnavalfluff Mon 11-Jul-11 21:15:53

I am British but grew up in aus and was always told it meant prisoner of mother England

lottiejenkins Mon 11-Jul-11 22:03:39

ITN has done a poll and people want RB to go!!!! grin

lottiejenkins Mon 11-Jul-11 22:04:14

whoops sorry wrong thread! blush

discobeaver Mon 11-Jul-11 22:20:23

Is it cos they think we are bears?

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