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Monday, 4 March 2019

Spot the Frippet: millinery.

Millinery means hats: posh hats! 

(The dictionary says millinery also covers the trimmings and anything else sold by a hat-maker, but sadly there aren't many hat-makers around nowadays.)

It used to be illegal for a man to go out without a hat in England (that was in the time of the first Queen Elizabeth, and was intended to support the wool trade) but now wearing a hat is entirely optional, though still a source of joy to all.

Now, as I've already said, millinery usually describes rather posh hats, but for spotting purposes I don't see why any hat shouldn't count.

What is the function of the first hat you can spot? 

To keep the head warm? 

File:Spectator in bobble hat at the Yankee stadium (Unsplash).jpg

To keep off the weather? 

File:Panama hat.jpg
photo by Hex

To keep safe?

Photo by CEphoto, Uwe Aranas

To show membership of some profession?

 File:Policeman & Winston Churchill (8037262861).jpg

To display fashion and/or wealth?

Illustration by James Gillray

To show your brave history and spiritual wisdom?

File:Untitled (Native American in headdress).jpg

Or...well, actually I'm not sure about this one:

File:Georgian dance 5.jpg
photo of Georgian dancer by George Kvizhinadze 


...these animals called humans really are quite odd, aren't they?

Spot the Frippet: millinery. All posh hats come from Milan! The word used to be Milaner, a place in the 1500s famous for its fancy goods,

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