Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue May 3 16:13:04 UTC 2011

At 11:12 AM -0400 5/3/11, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
>Yep. Over 10,000 raw hits.
I misparsed this as pom-ophobia rather than pomo-phobia, and assumed
it referred to the hatred/dislike of, or post-Royal Wedding fatigue
over, poms.

I see that "pom" itself (= 'Brit', modulo connotations) has a
questionable ancestry, with the usual faux acronyms floating around
(e.g. "Product Of Mother England") and other etymythologies (<
"pomegranate", after the shade of red Brits sunburn into).

Pomophobia itself, whether of the anti-Brit or anti-postmodernist
variety, is not to be confused with pommephobia, hatred or fear of
apples and/or potatoes.


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