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Dunce Hat

A school hat used as punishment A Dunce Hat, also variously known as a dunce cat, dunce’s cap, or dunce’s hat, is a pointed hat. A Dunce Hat is made of paper, marked with a D or the word ‘Dunce’, and used to humiliate and punish schoolchildren for misbehaviour or stupidity. While this is now […]

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Roman Catholic clergy hat The Biretta is a square cap with three or four ridges or peaks traditionally worn by Roman Catholic clergy and some Anglican and Lutheran clergy. Sometimes a Biretta is topped with a tuft. Biretta is also the term used for a similar cap worn by those holding doctoral degrees from some […]

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Tudor Bonnet

An academic hat from Tudor times A Tudor bonnet, also known as a doctor’s bonnet or round cap, is a soft round black academic cap with a tassel hanging from a cord encircling the puggaree of the hat. Often the tassel and cord are gold and in Oxford a black ribbon is used instead. It […]

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The academic cap of choice The mortarboard, formerly known as the academic cap, is named after its similarity in appearance to the hawk used by bricklayers to hold mortar. Also known as the Oxford cap, it is an academic head dress consisting of a horizontal square board fixed upon a skull-cap, with a tassel attached […]

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