A Quaint Plaint Spoken to the Wind

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.

(c) 2019 JMN.

About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day, and watch Netflix and Prime Video for entertainment. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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3 Responses to A Quaint Plaint Spoken to the Wind

  1. Clothes also used to have a primary purpose – keep us warm, protected, dry, clean – that we seem to have forgotten whilst desperately trying to keep our clothes dry/clean/in one piece

    • JMN says:

      Well said. A writer — maybe Lauren Collins — wrote about the evolution of underwear once. Originally it was to protect us from our clothing. At some point its purpose changed to protecting our clothing from us.

      • I can remember talking to a mum at the school gates who was outraged when her child came out with a apot of paint on his school uniform. Nevermind the fun, exploration, expression, learning that he was able to freely experience, the washing was the priority. There’s too many mums I’ve met over the years who hover round their kids with a dustpan and brush.

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