Antedating of "Hooligan"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Fri Dec 25 13:08:18 UTC 2009

hooligan (OED 1898)

1896 _Manchester Guardian_ 5 Nov. 10 (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)  He calls himself the "Champion of Kent -- the Beer Eater," and won't fight me unless he has twenty or thirty of the "Hooligans" with him.

Fred Shapiro

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