NYC – Hats – What hat are you wearing?
Honesty up-front… lazy summer days make for feeble attempt to keep blog on track… here is probably a great example of “feeble attempt”.
A hat is a head covering. It can be worn for protection against the elements, for ceremonial or religious reasons, for safety, or as a fashion accessory. In the past, hats were an indicator of social status. In the military, they may denote nationality, branch of service, and/or rank.
I have observed that the type hat is often worn depending on the location. Here are a few locations:
The Cat in the Hat (of topic)
One might think that this was about a cat and a hat but Geisel used a list of 348 words that every six-year-old should know, and insisted that the book’s vocabulary be limited to 225 words. The finished book, used 223 words that appeared on the list plus 13 words that did not.
The story is 1629 words in length and uses a vocabulary of only 236 distinct words, of which 54 occur once and 33 twice. Only a single word – another – has three syllables, while 14 have two and the remaining 221 are monosyllabic. The longest words are something and playthings.
In an interview, said that the title for the book came from his desire to have the title rhyme and the first two suitable rhyming words that he could find from the list were “cat” and “hat. So I guess “Hat” was not the inspiration of the story.