A. Maberry 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

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?
> >
> >-dsb
> >Douglas S. Bigham
> >Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
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