Sombrerismo is a spurious derivative coinage hatched by a cheeky blogger from the Spanish word for “hat” (sombrero). This etiquette-challenged perversion may be a sub-attribute of machismo, a term more familiar to the anglophone community. A man commits sombrerismo when he wears his hat indoors or fails to tip it when introduced to a lady. A hat is not an element of costume, except now it mostly is. It once had a purpose, serving in all weathers for shade and warmth for men castrating yearlings, riding fence, or witching for water. It was acceptable, too, for the frivolous sport of bulldogging steers, though it usually fell off the cowboy’s head as soon as he came off his horse to rassle the critter down. Dandy dudes, on the other hand, had best uncover when pounding longnecks in dusky honky-tonks while feeding the jukebox. It’s just polite.
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