Date: Mon, 4 Dec 1995 23:45:46 -0500 From: Jesse T Sheidlower Subject: Re: Bubblehead > > I'll support Laurie Bowman's recollection of "bubblehead" = "airhead". > Memory is one of the advantages (or disadvantages) of long experience: the > term arose in the early 60s (when I first experienced it at UT-Austin, though > it may have started earlier while I was out out the country) for the young > college females, mostly sorority types still following the genderized pursuit > of an MRS. degree..... The Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang cites _bubblehead_ from 1952 on. Actually, sorry, that's not quite right. _Bubble-headed_ from 1952 on, _bubblehead_ from 1959; we combine them in the same entry. Jesse Sheidlower Random House Reference