Date: Mon, 4 Dec 1995 09:54:12 -0500 From: Donald Larmouth Subject: Re: -head I suppose I'm obliged to point out that Packer fans are not the only cheeseheads in Wisconsin; the term also refers to fans of the UW-Green Bay men's basketball team. The UWGB pep band wore cheeseheads to our first NCAA Division I tournament appearance and have worn them at subsequent appearances in NCAA tournament games. Sportscasters covering UWGB's play against the likes of Syracuse and California also used "cheesehead" to refer to UWGB fans. The mascot of UWGB is the phoenix, which produces its own curiosities, since sportswriters don't know what to make of the team name (e. g., phoenixes?). Locally, the usual collective reference is "the phoenix" with plural verb forms: "the UWGB Phoenix are hoping . . ." So far, I have not heard the singular back-formation */finIk/ as in one */finIk/ two /finIks/. I'll add "bubblehead" to the list of -head words. However, a bubblehead is not a person; it's a type of dry fly in which deer hair is tied forward over the hook eye and then pulled back and tied down, forming a "bubble" of deer hair around the forward 1/4 of the hook shank. The resulting fly floats on the surface, and its large head creates a fish-attracting disturbance which twitched. DWL