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What's in a Hat?

The Royal Wedding was, more than a fairy-tale story, a virtual hat parade with some of the most exotic and ridiculous hats around.
Even the Mad Hatter would be in shock if he saw the hat display.
So why not use this festive occasion to learn some hat expressions?

1. Have you ever gone hat in hand to ask for donations for a charity or an NGO?

2. Do you find it easy to keep things under your hat or do you share secrets with people?

3. British people say “My hat!” to show surprise or shock at something. What do you say in the same situation?

4. When you play games like Secret Santa, do you pull names out of a hat or do you match people according to their personalities?

5. Who do you take your hat off to or tip your hat off to? What have they done to deserve your admiration or respect?

6. President Barack Obama has thrown his hat into the ring for the 2012 presidential elections. Do you think he has chance at being re-elected next year?

7. If your best friend asked you a favor, would you do it at the drop of a hat, without hesitation?

8. Do you pass the hat round when you have to buy something for your a friend who is getting married or is going to have a baby?

9. Are you able to pull a rabbit out of a hat, to produce a quick solution to a problem? Do you anyone who can?

10. Which is worse – talking through your hat or staying quiet when people are talking about a situation you are not familiar with?

Is there anything that got your attention during Prince William and Kate Middleton's big day?


Angela said…
Great post, Stephan!
I haven´t realized that there are so many expressions with the word "hat".
Here goes another one:

wear a different hat or two hats; wear more than one hat.

Which means: Function in a different or more than one capacity or position, as in:

I'm wearing another hat today; yesterday I was a housewife, today I'm an attorney,
I wear two hats : Are you asking me as a member of the city council or as a storeowner?
This metaphoric expression alludes to headgear worn for different occupations

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