Our recent snowfall and watching the kiddies wrapping up and getting out their sleds made me remember a pet peeve I have. I hate it when people use the word "toboggin" for the knitted, wool cap they wear. A toboggin is a light sled used for transport over snow. According to my OED the word was Canadian French, "tabaganne", taken from an Algonquin word. There are closely similar variations found in other Native American words.
I have not found (or haven't so far) the origin of the word "boggin" for a knitted, wool cap. I'm going to have to dig a little deeper, unless someone out there has a reference source for it. I am aware of the word as Scottish slang for messy or smelly, and other similar adjectives. But when did it become a name for a knitted cap?