One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
ruffian, hoodlum, bully boy, bully, bandit, mugger, gangster, terrorist, gunman, murderer, killer, hitman, assassin, hooligan, vandal, Yardie
informal tough, bruiser, hired gun
British informal rough, bovver boy, lager lout, chav, hoodie
Northern English Scottish informal ned
North American informal hood, goon
NZ Australian informal roughie, hoon
dated cut-throat, desperado
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