maberry at U.WASHINGTON.EDU
Wed Nov 21 21:35:56 UTC 2001
I haven't heard toboggan for any type of hat out here in the Far West
although it may be more common as more people move out here. However, I *do*
agree that as far as snow travel is concerned a 'toboggan' is long and
flat with a curved up front--anything that has runners is a sled.
maberry at u.washington.edu
On Wed, 21 Nov 2001, Beverly Flanigan wrote:
> The first is the "peculiar" one, South Midland and further South (just how
> far I'm not sure, and is it used in SW Illinois?). But it doesn't have to
> be worn while sledding (btw, my Minnesota def. of 'toboggan' refers to a
> long flat wooden sled, curved up front, but that may not be required of
> all). Also, I've asked students if there are special requirements for the
> hat def., and they disagree: Some insist on a tassel, some on a tail, some
> on neither; but it seems to be woolen or otherwise warm and snug. All you
> all agree?
> At 02:48 PM 11/21/01 -0500, you wrote:
> >Help me out, guys (and gals for those who still see 'guys' as gendered). I'm
> >very lost on this 'toboggan' business. Are there two 'toboggan' meanings?
> >If so, are they:
> >a.) a sock-cap type of hat to keep you warm while you use...
> >b.) a sled.
> >This is what I thought they were. I was laughed at by everyone. Apparently,
> >no body but my family knows the (a) version. Can anyone validate my poor
> >internal lexicon? Or am I still crazy?
> >Douglas S. Bigham
> >Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
> Beverly Olson Flanigan Department of Linguistics
> Ohio University Athens, OH 45701
> Ph.: (740) 593-4568 Fax: (740) 593-2967
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