Posted by Marcus on January 20, 2001
In Reply to: Dead in the head posted by ESC on January 19, 2001
: : : Does anybody know the origin and exact meaning of this phrase "dead in the head"? I am especially interested in its use in reference to drug addicts.
: : : Thanks in advance, Denis.
: : The term "dead head" refers to fans of the rock group "The Greatful Dead" and it is a common misconception that Dead Heads are heavy drug users. Perhaps there is a connection between these two expressions.
: I found several meanings of "dead head," including "someone who rides free on a train." But no "dead in the head," even in my "sin slang" references. Dead in the head to me means "nobody home," "the porchlight is out." His brain is fried.
: truckers in the US will use the term deadheading in reference to pulling an empty wagon or trailer. no money in deadheading it.