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In Canada, a knitted hat is called a toque (rhymes with spook). What do American kids these days call the knitted hats that guys sometimes wear? I want to describe a male teen's burglar costume being worn indoors.

Beanie? Beanie hat? Beanie cap? Knit cap?

Unfortunately, I can't figure it out from Google.

#1 - August 26, 2011, 12:17 PM

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Toque to rhyme with spook?  Wow.

A ski hat would work.  Or just a knit hat.
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I suggest knit cap or knit hat. Ski hat might do in a pinch, but some would picture the full face mask kind. If that IS what you're going for then go with ski hat or ski mask.
#3 - August 26, 2011, 12:39 PM
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Toque to rhyme with spook?  Wow.

what are you talkin' aboot? makes total sense, eh? *toque lovin' Canadian over here*

well, a full face one is called a balaclava, but I've heard those close fitting knitted ones referred to as skull caps as well.
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what are you talkin' aboot? makes total sense, eh? *toque lovin' Canadian over here*

Do they pronounce it that way in Quebec?   :moose
#5 - August 26, 2011, 12:47 PM
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I thought "toque" rhymed with "spoke"?  I think I got that pronunciation from the movie Ratatouille, 'cause it's not something you hear here.

I would go with "knit cap," "knitted cap," or "knitted hat" or something like that (not beanie for my region).  If it's the full face one, as Sam says, "ski mask."
#6 - August 26, 2011, 12:47 PM

Ever hear the McKenzie brothers? Toque rhymes with spook. Take off you hozer, eh?
#7 - August 26, 2011, 12:54 PM
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Do they pronounce it that way in Quebec?

To my knowledge, the word "toque" is shared by French and English Canadians. http://www.ehow.com/facts_5980807_canadian-toque_.html

Since I don't want the face covered (except the forehead), I'll rule out ski cap. So should I go with "knit cap", then? Should I consider skull cap?
#8 - August 26, 2011, 01:01 PM

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Every Canadian pronounces it as rhymes with spook. I've never heard anyone say it as rhymes with spoke, unless you are in BC and are talking about something green that you *ahem* puff on. *not this kid, tho*

I think you are pretty safe with knit cap.
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Skull cap is a thinner item, maybe silk or synthetic. At least that's what my 15-year old calls his.
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I think skull cap is generally used for any headwear that just covers the top of your skull with no brim...those beanie type helmets a lot of bikers prefer are also skull caps. But that blanket kind of term might be confusing...
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I grew up calling them stocking caps.  But now that I'm way down here in South Texas, I don't know .. they aren't really worn ... seldom gets cold enough.
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Knit cap sounds the least confusing to me--you mean those stretchy hats that are knitted, right?

A skull cap sounds like a yarmulke to me. That, or something thin and slickery, like Sam said.

I have always wondered what a balaclava was! Now I know. :)
#13 - August 26, 2011, 01:29 PM

Uh oh.  Either I'm going nuts or you guys say "spook" in a totally different way than I do.  I just looked up "toque" in my dictionary app (the one that pronounces things out loud) and the lady said "toke" (like spoke).  Swear to Howdy.

Same thing here:  http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/toque

So does everyone in Canada say it wrong or is that what spook sounds like, too?
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I have always wondered what a balaclava was! Now I know. :)

LOL I know!! It totally sounds like something sinister and dangerous...but oh, wait, it's a ski mask.  :eh2
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Uh oh.  Either I'm going nuts or you guys say "spook" in a totally different way than I do.  I just looked up "toque" in my dictionary app (the one that pronounces things out loud) and the lady said "toke" (like spoke).  Swear to Howdy.

Same thing here:  http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/toque

So does everyone in Canada say it wrong or is that what spook sounds like, too?

It's a total conspiracy to protect our Canadian secrets...wait until 35 million toqued Canadians swarm over the border and force you to eat poutine....muahahaha
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If you listen to the Bob and Doug sing 12 Days of Christmas, you'll hear it rhyme with spook. I'll go by them, eh?

www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2oPio60mK4

"Fiiiiiiive golden tooooooques"
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um, but totally, if you came to Canada and called it a "toke" you'd be very politely laughed at....or handed a joint.
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um, but totally, if you came to Canada and called it a "toke" you'd be very politely laughed at....or handed a joint.
And THEN laughed at.
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I will be sure to wear my toboggan when that happens.

Yeah, that's what I said.

I'm ashamed to say that in my region, a knitted cap is very likely to be called a "toboggan," short for toboggan cap, which I assumed originally referred to the type of cap you'd wear when riding your toboggan sled, only children here never get to ride a toboggan sled--that's something kids do on TV and in the movies.

http://kccbigcountry.hubpages.com/hub/Whether-You-Ride-or-Wear-A-Toboggan-Depends-on-Where-Youre-From
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Bob and Doug are like heroes here...

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It's toque which rhymes with spook here in Vermont too--and kids use the word as well as adults.


I have a toque in my WIP and my husband often has one on his head.
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I'm going to go out on a limb here and suggest that "toque" rhyming with spoke is the actual French pronunciation (which is why the French chef in Ratatouille says "Got your toke!" not "Got your took!").

http://dictionary.reverso.net/french-english/toque%20de%20cuisinier
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That's why I asked about how it was pronounced in Francophone Quebec...funny that it's still pronounced "took" there.
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LOL I know!! It totally sounds like something sinister and dangerous...but oh, wait, it's a ski mask.  :eh2

My mind always wants to confuse it with baclava, which sounds delicious! (But sticky.)

I've never until today heard of a toque, of ANY pronunciation.
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yeah, there's a big difference between France French and Quebec French, just like there's a difference between British English and North American English...


Toque which rhymes with spook here in Vermont too--and kids use the word as well as adults.

Well, now we know where to begin the invasion...  :moose
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My mind always wants to confuse it with baclava, which sounds delicious! (But sticky.)

I've never until today heard of a toque, of ANY pronunciation.

I never knew until I came to the boards 3 or so years ago that toque wasn't universal...I was like well what else would you call it???  :ahh See, if everyone everywhere called it a toque, then there wouldn't be all this confusion. lol

(and baclava is seriously yummy!)
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Yep it's long o for toque in English Canada and here in Quebec  if you're English speaking it is  the same and if you are speaking in French it's not a long o so it is more like the word took.

We have a town in northern Quebec called La Toque pronounced La Took.
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I will be sure to wear my toboggan when that happens.

Yeah, that's what I said.

I'm ashamed to say that in my region, a knitted cap is very likely to be called a "toboggan," short for toboggan cap, which I assumed originally referred to the type of cap you'd wear when riding your toboggan sled, only children here never get to ride a toboggan sled--that's something kids do on TV and in the movies.


dude... :slaphead:
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I've never heard the word "toque" in my life.  Here in Southern CA, kids call knitted hats "beanies".  And if it's the full face variety that bank robbers use, then we say "ski mask."
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