Date: Thu, 30 Nov 1995 21:27:29 -0500

From: Stephen lwyrnluv[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]IGC.NET

Subject: Re: -head

I heard someone describe someone else as a gearhead, in 1980-81 in Chicago.

No idea as to meaning.


From: American Dialect Society

To: Multiple recipients of list ADS

Subject: -head

Date: Wednesday, November 29, 1995 2:46PM

I'm interested in compiling a set of terms using -head as the second element

of a compound, e.g dickhead, egghead, pothead, acidhead, and here in the

upper midwest, cheesehead. I'm interested in both the terms and the


you've heard it used and where you've heard it.

You can send them to the list, or to me at


Thanks in advance,

Greg Pulliam


When I was growing up, we referred to people who worked at IBM as

"zipperheads" i think because they all carried briefcases to work which

they zipped and unzipped..