POME is an abbreviation for Prisoner Of Mother England. This is where slang term 'pommie' originated from.

Although technically this refers to the Australian population it would seem the tables have been turned to an extent, because the 'poms' are the prisoners, condemned to a life of pouring rain and crappy weather all 'round... with Australia as one of their top holiday destinations!

(Naturally, they still believe England is the greatest, and Australia is full of convicts.)

Also: pommie, pommie land

Pome (?), n. [L. pomum a fruit: cf. F. pomme apple. Cf. Pomade.]

1. Bot.

A fruit composed of several cartilaginous or bony carpels inclosed in an adherent fleshy mass, which is partly receptacle and partly calyx, as an apple, quince, or pear.

2. R. C. Ch.

A ball of silver or other metal, which is filled with hot water, and used by the priest in cold weather to warm his hands during the service.

 

© Webster 1913.


Pome, v. i. [Cf. F. pommer. See Pome, n.]

To grow to a head, or form a head in growing.

[Obs.]

 

© Webster 1913.

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