Date: Fri, 1 Dec 1995 08:54:00 CST From: Tom Murray Subject: *-head* As DARE notes, and as most of the citations given thus far in this thread attes t, compounds ending in *-head* tend to be derogatory. At a recent meeting of m y department, however, the Chair refered to the folks who do literary theory as "theoryheads"--no sarcasm, no irony, no negative overtones of any sort. I don 't know how widespread *theoryhead* is; in fact, my Chair may have been engagin g in a little friendly neology. (If so, the coinage neatly reflects just how a ctive *-head* may be as a combining form.)