Date: Wed, 29 Nov 1995 16:39:38 -0500
From: Jesse T Sheidlower jester[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]PANIX.COM
Subject: Re: -head
I believe a gearhead is a person who's into fixing engines, cars, hot
rodding, etc. One doesn't hear it much anymore.
The _Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang_ defines
_gearhead_ as "a student majoring in engineering or a related
subject; (also) an engineer or person skilled in mechanics," and
supplies citations from 1974, 1974, 1987, 1990, 1991, and 1992.
"Chiphead," alluded to by another poster, is first on record
in 1982 in HDAS.
jester[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]panix.com