I'd like to make a suggestion that the GB Store should add some winter suitable hats in addition to the caps currently available, but firstly I think the naming issue (as discussed on various podcasts) needs to be settled once and for all.
Winter hat. I have a half a dozen my mother has hand knit for me, but we don't call them anything other than 'winter hat'. And, over the years I must have had 50! That is the thing about a hand knit items, you give them to a kid because s/he will LOSE IT. Up until 30 years ago, hand knit items were made because they were cheap.
@ralphmoustaccio: a stocking cap is something completely different, stocking hat might be a regional term i am not familiar with.
I guess a beanie is what i would call a knitted cap.
Edit: huh, google has another thing as a stocking cap. Guess its a culture thing, stocking cap was always the tight cap made out of a womens stocking material you wear to get waves. We always referred to those other hats as "Elf hat's" or "Christmas hats"
It's weird. The only answer that doesn't apply, besides snookie (What?), is the leading vote getter. The internet is the first time in my life that I've ever seen that type of hat referred to as a beanie. It's either knit cap, stocking cap, or winter hat.
@oursin_360: Yeah, calling those items “stocking caps” makes total logical sense. My comment was meant to reflect that I’ve never heard someone say “stocking hat” when referring to the knit winter hats, only ever “stocking cap.”
The regionaity of the nomenclature for this particular article of clothing has always fascinated me. We all seem to agree upon calling a shirt a shirt, but there’s a ton of different names for a relatively ubiquitous type of hat. Odd.
I've always said beanie, but that also brings up a mental image of the propeller-hat version to me, so maybe I'm way off. I'll defer to people who actually live in climates where these are worn as a useful bit of attire, as I do not.
(I do think it would be cool if the store had one.)
I'm in North Carolina and I usually hear it referred to as a toboggan around my family and as any number of words around other people. Yeah, I know, Northerners call sleds toboggans.
Personally, I jump back and forth between toboggan and beanie. Same thing. I don't care. I probably won't ever call a sled anything other than a sled, so toboggan means beanie means the thing you put on your head when it's really fucking cold outside.
Toque, tuque, or touque.
As for the others: A tea cosy is for tea, snookie is how they pronounce snooker in the UK, a toboggan is a vehicle for traversing snow, a stocking hat is long and floppy like what Link usually wears, a woolly hat is a precursor to the modern day hat that lived in the Pleistocene era, and a beanie has a non-functional propeller on top.
@ralphmoustaccio: i honestly never thought about it, this a pretty interesting thread imo.
It is a bit similar to how people call pop "soda", i remember when i moved to texas from chicago i got plenty wtf looks from the fast food joints. I wonder what other names there are for those carbonated beverages.( They say both in my family btw)
I google "touque" and get an urban dictionary definition, and "toque" returns a definition of "nounnoun: toque; plural noun: toquesa woman's small hat, typically having a narrow, closely turned-up brim." Neither with pictures by default.
Searching "beanie" returns pictures of a beanie as well as multiple retail listings for beanies, knit hats for cold weather.
I can handle people calling soda "pop" but come on.
@justin258: Maybe I'm just personally overly pedantic, but I'm a northerner (from Connecticut, though I've lived in New Mexico for the past ten years), and -- at least where I'm from -- we don't call every sled a "toboggan"; we reserve that term for traditional examples of a toboggan. Everything else we just call a sled.
Also, according to The Internet, the term "toboggan" in reference to the hat started as shorthand for "toboggan hat", ie "a hat suitable for wearing while tobogganing." Kind of weird that the shorthand for the hat stuck, yet people stopped using the term for the sled after which the hat takes its name.
Anyway, I've always just called it a knit cap or "winter hat." Disappointed that option wasn't in the poll.
Most of the differences stem from the fact that this type of cap goes back centuries, with several different origins, all influenced by original purpose and the language spoken at the time in a given area. They're all more or less referring to the same thing, though, and are all equally legitimate. Although I maintain calling them "toboggans" as shorthand for "toboggan hats" is needlessly confusing. What if people started using "baseballs" as shorthand for "baseball caps"? Madness.
It's called a beanie, any other answer is wrong. I didn't even know propellor hats existed in real life (they are called propellor hats btw, not beanies). I have never seen a propellor hat in my entire life and such a niche and specific thing does not deserve the name "beanie" - that is absurd. Stocking cap is a long floppy thing an old cartoon guy wears to sleep. A toboggan is something you ride in the snow. A knitted cap is a beanie with thick thread. Bobble hat is a beanie with a pom pom on top. A winter hat is any kind of hat you wear in winter.
SMH I just listened to the Beastcast with the "beanie" discussion. Dan thought all beanies had a propeller.
Propeller hats have propellers, Beanies have fluff balls.
Beanies have propellers, toques may or may not have fluff balls but they certainly what a winter hat is supposed to be called.
@kingbonesaw: Huh, over here in the netherlands, Toque refers to the thing you use to protect your privates in various sports.
We call those cups here in North America, or jock(strap)s.
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