This isn’t an answer to your question, which was so ably answered by the previous posts.But it put me in mind of this information, which I hope you find interesting.Part of the reason for all these theories growing up is that there was for decades much doubt over the true origin of the expression, with various Oxford dictionaries, for example, continuing to say that there is no firm evidence for the of 1923: “Pommy is supposed to be short for pomegranate.Pomegranate, pronounced invariably pommygranate, is a near enough rhyme to immigrant, in a naturally rhyming country.One of the sweeps made a whimsical comment on the recent change of government from the Whigs to the Conservatives, the latter being temporarily led by the Duke of Wellington: The real cause of the “kiboshing” of the ex-Chancellor and his crew came out on Tuesday at Marlborough-street, before Mr. A chimney-sweep was convicted for having (according to the phraseology of this Whig Act) “hawked the streets” — upon which his Blackness remarked: — “It vos the Vigs vot passed this Bill, and what the Duke of Vellington put the kibosh on ’em for, and sarve ’em right.It warnt nothing else than this here hact vot floored ’em.” occurs several more times in later months.Furthermore, immigrants are known in their first months, before their blood ‘thins down’, by their round and ruddy cheeks. You will note that he had to explain the pronunciation that we would now take to be the usual one: in standard English it used not to have the first “e” sounded, with of 1916.
short for Port of Melbourne (where the ships docked), Prisoners Of her Majesty, as they were convict ships, or did we all really look like a cargo of pomegranates when we caught the sun? All of them except your last two, I have to tell you, are folk etymology (which, for some reason I’ve never understood, loves to invent origins based on acronyms).
My personal theory relates to the fact that douching (the act of cleaning bodily orifices with a stream of water) has become steadily less popular as a hygienic technique over the past fifty years.
[...] In 1960, when douching was a much more common practice and perhaps more prominent in the public imagination, douchebag would have had a much more disgusting connotation, and likely would have been avoided for this reason.
, to finish something off, put an end to it, decisively dispose of it, or reject it.
This is perhaps less common than it once was, though examples are easy enough to find: We had been invited to Whiteshell Provincial Park by the Three Fires Society to participate in a special First Nations ceremony at a remote, sacred site.