Date: Fri, 8 May 1998 18:44:02 -0400
From: Wendalyn Nichols
Subject: Re: knitted cap -- togie, etc.

stocking cap (northwest, born 1962.) But this was for the sort with a long
tail and a bobble at the end. A tight-fitting one was a "knit hat."
And a toboggan had no runners, and was curved upward in the front.

Dan Goodman on 05/08/98 12:33:39 PM

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cc: (bcc: Wendalyn Nichols/Trade/RandomHouse)
Subject: knitted cap -- togie, etc.

> Date: Thu, 7 May 1998 10:40:17 -0500
> Subject: Togie
> I am writing a paper on the differnt words people in the U.S. have for
> their winter hat. The origin of calling it toboggan is because when
> people ride toboggans, it's winter and they have to wear this knit hat to
> keep warm. But, I have been getting names such as togie, skull hat, and
> stocking hat and was wondering if there was a particular region or race
> that these words developed from. Thanks for any help you can give.

Watchcap. I'm from a rural area in Upstate New York; Ulster County
(between Accord and Kerhonkson). Born 1943.

I don't recall ever hearing _any_ of the words you list. I do recall
it being called a stocking cap. That was in Los Angeles, where it's
not a common article of apparel. Think I heard it from a native of
northern Florida (a bit south of Georgia) -- another place where it's
not likely to be a common article of apparel.

By the way -- I grew up saying "sled" rather than "toboggan".

Dan Goodman
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