As I was reading the news this morning, I came across this bit in the Brockville Recorder & Times regarding $2,000 worth of hand tools stolen from a Brockville, Ontario Home Depot. About halfway through I came across the sentence, “The second male has a slender build and was wearing a toque.”
“What the hell is a toque?” I wondered, imagining some kind of ceremonial headdress. A quick bit of Google-education later, I realized that this bit of haberdashery is actually what we Southerners in the ‘States call a “sock hat” — and it’s something that’s worth mentioning this time of year.
Seriously, these hats are the best way to keep your ears from freezing off when working outside. Even if it’s not that cold outside, it can get bad if you’re going to be out for more than an hour or so.
You can get these with all sorts of pithy sayings on them, but regardless of what you find, you should pick one up — and wear it.
Unless, of course, you’re in Brockville and you drive an “older model van, the colour of which is similar to gray primer paint,” in which case you should ditch yours ASAP.
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Update: I’m assured by my grew-up-in-upstate-NY girlfriend (who thought I was a dolt for not already knowing what a toque was) that this is pronounced “took” — as in “those hosers took the tools without paying, A.”