Have you ever wondered what the origin of the English words ‘hooligan’, ‘alarm’ and ‘tip’ is? Read the following article and find out!
It is believed that the term ‘hooligan’ is originated from the surname of an Irishman called “Patrick’, who, with his family terrorized a part of London in 190s.
“Alarm” is derived from the Italian “To arms!”, which was what soldiers shouted when they saw that the enemy was attaching.
“Tip” was originally considered to be an acronym meaning “To Insure Promptness”, that is to make sure that the service of a restaurant, for example, was fast. However, the world was underworld slang from the early 1600s meaning ‘to pass on a small sum of money’.