Date: Mon, 4 Dec 1995 12:12:28 -0700

From: Laurie M Bowman bowman[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]U.ARIZONA.EDU

Subject: Re: -head

Continuing the -head discussion...Donald Larmouth wrote:

I'll add "bubblehead" to the list of -head words. However, a bubblehead is not

a person

He then goes on to discuss "bubblehead" as some kind of fishing lure

(sorry if I'm not using the correct terminology, I don't know anything

about fishing!).

I disagree, though, with his statement that a "bubblehead" isn't used to

describe a person. I know I've heard it used in this context before. As

an example: in "Dirty Laundry" by Don Henley (or was it Glenn Frey -- I

always mix up those ex-Eagles), he sings about the "bubbleheaded bleached

blonde" on the news, doesn't he? I suppose in this context it's

adjectival, but take my word for it, I've heard it used as a noun, at

least in the St. Louis, Missouri area. It means roughly the same as


Laurie Bowman

Department of Linguistics

University of Arizona, Tucson