How it’s Used: “I was nearly killed on my drive home by a group of hooligans playing paintball on the interstate.” What You’re Actually Saying: “I was nearly killed on my drive home by a group of dirty Irish drunkards playing paintball on the interstate.” Wait, What? The earliest use of the word “hooligan” dates back to British newspaper and police reports in the summer of 1898. They seem to have adapted the word from the Houlihan family, a group of Irish immigrants living in London. The family became known for their hilarious drinking songs, jigs and their enthusiastic police brutality that tended to ensue (to a word, “Irish-ness”). But despite the beatdowns, the Houlihans continued to fight for their right to party, and did their motherland proud by forever associating their ethnic surname with stupid teenagers who like to play paintball on the interstate.