History and etymology
Originally, the term was a sexual insult in early twentieth century gay culture, and "pogue" was slang for a young male would who submit to homosexual advances.
"Pogue" was never originally spelled "pog", nor is it an acronym. The spelling change from "pogue" to "POG" may be a confusion with the verb "póg", meaning "to kiss" in Irish Gaelic. The common Irish insult "póg mo thóin" literally means "kiss my ass." The Irish punk band "the Pogues" derived their name from that phrase. Coincidentally, the spelling itself is anglicized "pogue", since "pog" is pronounced like the word "rogue."
"Pogey bait" is a reference to sweets or candy, which was in usage in the military as early as 1918. The term simply alludes to food (and other luxuries) rarely afforded to grunts in the field.
In the Canadian Forces the equivalent term for "pogue" is a "WOG," short for "without guns" or "without guts."
- REMF: An acronym that stands for Rear Echelon Mother Fucker
- Fobbit pejoratively denotes one who never leaves one's forward operating base (FOB). It is an amalgamation of the word FOB and the race known as hobbits from J.R.R. Tolkien's book The Hobbit—a people known for rarely leaving their homes mainly in fear for their safety.
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- The Other Side of Silence: Men's Lives and Gay Identities, A Twentieth-Century History. John Loughery. A John Macrae Book; Henry Holt and Company, New York, 1998 (page 6).
- The dictionary definition of pogue at Wiktionary
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