Cimeara (cimeara) wrote,

Dialect Fail

From the Associated Press about the snowstorm along the east coast of the US:
"At a Walmart in the Richmond, Va., area, Nnika White took advantage of the few shoppers, buying a drum set for her 2 1/2 year old son. White, dressed in a toboggan, scarf and flannel-like jacket, said she works long hours at the law firm she owns and doesn't get much time to shop. 'It's nice because no one's here. For shopping, it's great, but the roads are very, very bad,' she said."

Toboggan? Dressed in a toboggan?!? I mean, I grew up in Richmond, I know they're not used to this much snow and no one's prepared to clear the roads, but the idea of strapping a toboggan on one's back to go to the "Wally"-mart...

From Wikipedia:
"In Southern American English toboggan refers to a type of hat. This is also called a sock toboggan, boggan, or boggan cap. However, this is most likely due to a confusion of the word toboggan. This type of hat is also referred to by other names: knit hat or knit cap, sock cap or stocking cap, watch cap, tuque, skull cap or sometimes as a ski cap... While most of the American population ... refer to these hats with the commonly used terms listed above, it should be no surprise that it is extremely confusing when people refer to a seasonal hat with the name of a specific winter sled."

Well, yeah.

(And I never heard it called that, though a quick check makes it seem more common in the Carolinas and Georgia.)


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