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You're part of a large group now. I am from Southern Ohio and I call a knit cap a toboggan. My husband is from New Jersey and calls a curved sled a toboggan. A toboggan is a type of sled; a boggin is a type of hat. Although I have no proof of this, I believe that southerners adopted "toboggan" for their knit caps because "boggin" and "tobaggan" are so similar.
I feel your pain. I have called it a toboggan my whole life and I have been picked on about it from everyone I know. My grandmother told me it got its name because when you went out to sled on your toboggan you needed your toboggan hat. I'm 72 and am so surprised so many never heard of a Hat and Sled both being called toboggans. Born and raised in Ohio. This is a type of wooden sled to be sure. Not sure where others here from Ohio or Indiana ever heard toboggan as a hat?
Maybe they are in a very rural area or have family from the south that called it that? Lol that was the funniest word I had ever heard deep south Texas where it never even snows I had never heard that word in my life!!! So I asked my husbands grandmother what is that?????
She told me it was a warm winter hat. LOL and people from over their don't know what a beenie is lol. So their you go. I call it a Bernie you call it a toboggin. In Georgia, we call them boggans. We never had a toboggan, because we never had snow. My family and I have argued about these things for years, but we enjoy it. We also call a car trunk a cooterhull and a glove compartment is the "pocket. He was like which item is a Tobaggan?
They had socks too. My husband laughed and said wearing a sled on your head is a Carolina thing. I am used to his ribbing and will not stop calling knit hats Tobaggans. It provides much comic relief when I am around non southerners. Besides call it a knit cap sounds too formal and a bit rhetorical. Yes, it is a knit cap, but is it a Tobaggan?? Been living in Texas for three years and trying to learn the language!
Nice to know there are many of us who know it as both and are ok with others knowing it only as a sled. I have lived in Oklahoma my whole life and always called them toboggans. I have a friend from Michigan who argued with me recently about it being a sled and I thought maybe I was crazy!
Glad to know I am not! My thought is to each their own! You don't need to prove anyone wrong, or yourself right. But I do always call it a toboggan everytime I am around her just to irate her! So glad I found this. I saw a site for making quilts out of your own clothing. However the woman said not to send silk, swimwear, underwear, or toboggans. I thought; "How could she add parts of a sled to a quilt? Maybe this is a typo!
Maybe she breaks off small pieces of the sled! Could this woman be a little crazy? Maybe this is a joke! It's a knit cap. Now I can go back to sleep. Crazy things bother a person at 4am. So funny my mom was from KY and dad from Mississippi and i grew up in Wisconsin In North Carolina a hot dish is a gal who is doing something she shouldn't be doing!!!!!
Your article was a great source of laughter in my office today. I am a "Northerner" from Florida that just recently moved "South" to Alabama. I had never heard the term toboggan used to describe a knitted cap; we always called them beanies. One of the guys I worked with asked if we had any more toboggans and I had absolutely NO idea what he was talking about. We got into a pretty healthy debate about the meaning of the word and that is how I found your article. Thanks for the clarification!
Preston, I'm glad you found my article. You can print this and show them you are definitely not alone. I can't believe that this article is over 6 years old. I was raised in Texas saying toboggan meaning a hat, but my wife always kids me about it Wow, I can't wait to print this article and show her! All I ever knew to call a winter hat was "toboggan", I didn't even know it was also a sled till I was in my late 20's.
I still call a hat a toboggan and always will!! I have co-workers making fun of me all the time, however I'm old school to a fault sometimes and will carry on southern tradition of all things unique about our cultural upbringing. I live in Annapolis, MD now. You can take the boy out of the south, but you can't take the south out of the boy!!!
I'm from southern Ohio and I've never known knitted caps by anything other than a toboggan. My parents were born and raised in Kentucky and West Virginia, so that's probably were I learned it from.
My wife to be is from Cleveland and laughs at me every time I speak it. We call them toboggans here in Kentucky too. That's a funny story! I grew up in Ohio and never heard winter caps called a toboggan there. Thank you so much for the article. I live in Kansas City however, am a Texas native and when I called a hat a toboggan my husband laughed at me. Here in the Midwest they call em beanies. I will forever call it a toboggan. I am still a southern girl and want to be remembered as such some day.
I was having this argument with my best friend tho whose definitely a Yankee I assume it has to do with how infrequently we have wear them in this sub-tropical climate, and besides, some people think we talk funny down here anyway.
I don't think anyone has mentioned that shortened version. Not down here in south Georgia, KCC! We leave off the 'ta' and simply refer to them as "boggins". Thank you for all the comments! I love that there are Southerners all over that still know them as toboggans! I'm Southern born and Southern bred Thanks for the article. I'm so glad that I had your article to show my boyfriend. The weather just turned cold and icy. I made the comment that he needed to put on a toboggan.
He thought I was severely confused. We had this fun debate "while on the way to take him to the doctor to rule out pneumonia" and I was relieved to know that I'm not the only one to use the term for the winter cap he needed to be using. The ironic thing is that we are both native Texans and he had never heard the term used in that context and thought only of it as a sled. Go figure that one out.
I'm still scratching my head over it. I love the fact that you named your dog Toby. Something I so would've done too.
While according to this both North and South are correct. Hoever, ponder this Have you ever seen a Hat race at the Olympics??? I'm 23 from Southern Canada and I have always called my winter hat a toboggan. I have never been to the southern United States but my mother said that I have always referred to my hat as a toboggan and she's always known it to be a toboggan also. The bulk of our inmates are from the bigger cities in the North. It is our policy that the inmates must remove their headgear when they enter the dining facility.
It's funny to see the Southern Correctional Staff to tell the inmates to remove their toboggan. The inmates look at them like they are nuts I am originally from the North and have never heard of a toboggan hat. It's a sled where I come from.
I try to explaining that to he Southern Coorectional Staff here and of course they think I'm an idiot. What can you say. These guys have been brought up that way. What are you gonna do. Tell them that everything they learned from their family over the years is wrong. Go way to get your butt kicked down here. But it's really funny when you see the looks that they get from these Northern Inmates when they tell them to take a sled off their heads She stared at me as if I were as dumb as a box of rocks.
Everyone in Louisville growing up called snow hats toboggans. Since then I have lived in Nashville, Cincinnati, and Chicago among others and no one refers to them as toboggans and look at me like I'm crazy when I say it.
If it is a southern thing it must be only in certain regions, because no one in Nashville had heard of it. I think that's the best part Now you know you're not alone! Im from southern ohio and i call the hat a toboggan. It was hilarious to see my friends reactions who lived only 40 miles north of me when i mentioned this during a winter day, they of course, have never heard of that usage of the word. LOL, glad to know I could help, Dentonj You can tell you are not alone on this issue.
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