Date: Tue, 12 May 1998 12:58:09 -0400
From: Beverly Flanigan
Subject: Re: knitted cap -- togie, etc.

The distinction between a hat with a long tail (and a 'puffball' on top)
and a simple knitted skull cap (without a puffball, I believe) was pointed
out to me by Connie Eble, who found very high personal use of 'toboggan' in
North Carolina. Its use in Ohio is restricted to the southern tier,
perhaps as far north as Columbus but not likely. I'll check with my
present undergrads; all 52 are from Ohio. My Minnesota usage was for the
sled described by Dale.

At 10:54 PM 5/11/98 -0400, you wrote:
>I think a lot of people are confused by the double meaning of toboggan. In
>most parts of the US it's now understood as a runner-less sliding implement
>with a curved-up front, usually long enough for three or more to sit on.
>it's also a type of winter hat, knitted with a long point (down to your
>shoulders). Still used in Ohio, and some parts of upstate NY at least.
>Dale Coye
>The College of NJ