Date: Sun, 3 Dec 1995 18:30:41 -0500 From: "Dennis R. Preston" Subject: Re: -head I saw the Green Bay Packers play today and heard their fans, them, and Wisconsonites (Wisconsonians?) in general referred to as 'cheeseheads.' One of the fans in the stands had a hat shaped like a big wedge of cheese (apparently a Swiss). I hadn't thought about Alice in Dairyland for a long time. I'm sure all you DAREers are used to all this. Dennis preston[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] >A colleague of mine wanted to make sure I added "chowderhead" to the "-head" >list. That then reminded me of "knucklehead,"(my frame of reference there >always was the "Archie" comic strip, I think) "fathead," "farthead," and >"dunderhead." The last one, I believe, grew out of "thunderhead," a >non-slang term for the clouds that roll in immediately ahead of a >thunderstorm, but somehow became synonymous with "chowderhead" et al. > Of course, now we have "Thunderheads"--a self-generated label for fans >of the "Thursday Night Thunder" auto races on ESPN. > It also struck me that "bighead" probably qualifies, as in "...gave him >the bighead" (and I think I've also heard "swellhead" for one with an >overblown confidence in oneself). > Also, as I recall, the American media dubbed the Beatles "mopheads" when >they first arrived here in '64 (although I imagine the term predates that). > Then there are "skinheads," the Nazi-type thugs of the '80s & '90s, but >I seem to remember the term being used for any bald guy prior to that (I >guess I qualify as a "semi-skinhead" at present or "soon-to-be-skinhead"). > And let us not forget "maidenhead," that virtually extinct specie in the >sexually liberated '90s, or our old childhood friend "Mr. Potatohead." And >his close relatives of a later period, the "Coneheads." > And, finally, I seem to remember back in the '50s, when I was in high >school, the use of "peanuthead" for a person whose head seemed too small for >his/her body. (Of course, that could send us off into a sublist of "-brain" >words--i.e., "birdbrain," "peabrain," etc., but I don't know if the original >poster wants to go that far?) > >Jerry Miller