In the early 60s Del Shannon sang "Hats Off To Larry". In the 70s Randy Newman rewrote the musical canon of love with "You Can Leave Your Hat On" later made popular by Joe Cocker.
Would be politicians "throw their hat into the ring" when they decide to run for office. Once there, voters discover they're often "talking through their hat".
Some people go to an event called Ascot, but don't wear an ascot at all. They wear a hat.
When something unforeseen is about to happen one says "hold onto your hat", even though you may not be wearing one.
And when one is successful at something, another gives them a "tip of the hat" again, even though they may not be wearing one.
When you are wearing one you should remove it when you sit down to eat.
In the Wild West good guys wore white hats. Bad guys wore black hats.
In old movies, I recall Fred Astaire wearing a "top hat" and tails.
I think he may have also worn a "straw hat" which was once quite fashionable.
Today "baseball hats" are all the rage, worn mostly by sports and NASCAR fans, skateboarders and golfers.
And when you are about to ask someone for a favour you may approach them "hat in hand".
And that's my dissertation on hats, off the top of my head mind you.
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