National Big Head Day

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Hold on to your hats folks, we're about to take a fun-filled, inflatable ride into the history of National Big Head Day. Can you sense the big heads turning in anticipation?

When is Big Head Day?

It's national big head day on the 31st July.

Embrace the Big-ness, It's National Big Head Day

You may have heard whispers, or rather, loud pronouncements about National Big Head Day – the day when having a big head, metaphorically or literally, is a badge of honor. Let's turn our attention back to the end of July 2020, a time when the internet's interest in big heads peaked.

The Birth of The Big Head Movement

This might deflate your giant expectations a bit, but National Big Head Day isn’t centuries-old tradition. In actual fact, it surfaced, or rather 'inflated', online with a total of 9 mentions. The most mentions were found on the 31st of July 2020. Why was this day chosen? That's a question bigger than the biggest head we can imagine.

Can You Turn Your Head and Face It?

Big heads are more than comedic props or cartoonish avatars. On this day, it's all about taking the seemingly bizarre elements and turning them into pillars of positivity. Having a 'big head' is viewed as embodying big ideas, big dreams, and a big heart that can stretch to include everyone. After all, isn't that a perspective we'd all like to keep in our heads?

How to Celebrate?

Thanks to the digital realm, celebrating this day doesn't require purchasing an inflatable big head - unless of course, you'd like to. Online gatherings or 'big head' competitions can be held. It's a chance for creativity, humor, and perhaps even crazy hairdos to score extra points.

In Summary

In a world where we're often made to feel small, National Big Head Day is an opportunity to embrace our inner largeness, to hold our heads high, inflate our dreams, and make our kindness known. So on the 31st of July, remember to say 'big heads unite!' and join the fun.

History behind the term 'Big Head'


Origins in British slang.

The term 'big head' originates in British slang during the early 19th century. It is believed to have been used to describe someone who is arrogant or conceited. The phrase refers to the idea that someone with a big head might think highly of themselves.


Usage in literature.

The term 'big head' gained further popularity when it appeared in literature. In 1904, E.M. Forster used it in his novel 'The Longest Journey' to describe a character's inflated ego. This literary usage helped to solidify the term's association with arrogance and self-importance.


Popularity in American culture.

By the early 20th century, the term 'big head' had made its way across the Atlantic and become part of American slang. It was commonly used to criticize someone who displayed an exaggerated sense of their own importance.


Expansion to refer to physical characteristics.

In the 1960s, the term 'big head' started to be used not only to denote arrogance but also to describe someone with a physically large head. This expanded usage added another layer of meaning to the term, allowing it to be applied to both personality traits and physical appearances.


Variations and derivatives.

During the 1980s, variations and derivatives of the term 'big head' began to emerge. Phrases like 'big-headed' and 'having a big head' became more commonly used to express the same concepts of arrogance and self-importance. These variations allowed for more flexibility in the way the term could be employed.


Continued usage and cultural impact.

Today, the term 'big head' continues to be widely used in English-speaking countries, both in its original form and in its various derivatives. It has become a part of popular culture, often employed in casual conversations and media to describe someone who exhibits an inflated sense of their own abilities or importance.

Did you know?

While 'big-headedness' is commonly seen as arrogance or self-centeredness, in Indonesia, the term 'big head' is actually a compliment, referring to someone as intelligent and wise!


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First identified

2nd August 2019

Most mentioned on

31st July 2020

Total mentions


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