I made a cartoon
Bill’s Head explains the billhead, dunks itself in a bucket of water to calculate the volume of a billshead, and looks at some other words with -head at their tails, like futtock-head and firelihead.
Well, I didn’t actually see The Back-Up Plan, and never will. I don’t need to: I “know” that it will be a piece of shit. What I’m interested in is why there’s a hyphen in the back-up plan.
Buttload is used to express a vague but large quantity; it is often assumed to be a meaningless word (stemming from butt in the sense of buttocks) of the sort we’re so fond of coining based on vulgar words (cf. shitload, or the myriad words and phrases based on...