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3 comments on this post.
  1. Lynne:

    Interesting that gunda should be posited as a source for goon. I cannot remember when or where, but I distinctly remember either hearing or reading at least one instance when someone that might also be called a goon was called a “goombah”. Sorry I can’t be more specific, but that’s the way my memory works sometimes.

  2. Ryan:

    You probably heard the term “goombah” either in a movie concerning the NY mafia, or when someone parodies its members. I think Richard Pryor (or maybe Eddie Murphey) used that term in one of their stand-ups.

  3. Bill Culbertson:

    I have never seen anyone discuss goon coming from the family name Goon. Was there a family that was so thuggish that their name became a synonym for bad behavior?

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