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One would have thought it came from Chinese 惡棍. Jidanni 22:23, 6 April 2008 (UTC)


There is a Hindi word, "goonda," that means a thug or henchman. I wonder if there's a connection. Given that some etymologies trace the word to colonial-era Britain, it seems plausible.

Something AwfulEdit

Not sure whether includable, but in Internet slang this seems to refer to members of the forum on the Web site "Something Awful". I've also often seen "SA goons". Equinox 20:06, 7 August 2015 (UTC)

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