English translation: The hats worn by Laurel and Hardy
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08:21 Oct 30, 2006
English to English translations [PRO] Art/Literary - Poetry & Literature / literature
English term or phrase:wearing derbies
the term " wearing derbies" comes from a novel and the whole context like this:" True marriages never make sense. Look at the couple on the other side. Proof that anything is possible, no? Perhaps we should wearing derbies. At the very least, remember to clean out the closet before I return. Hugs to Ben."
Explanation: Erich (who therefore deserves the points) crucially gives a link to a fuller version of the asker's text, which makes clear that the passage quoted was written on a postcard which on the other side had a picture of the comic duo Laurel and Hardy (two men, not a married couple!). Part of their trademark was the hats (derbies) they always wore. The point being made is that the couple were completely different (one short, one tall etc.) and yet their "partnership" was a success - perhaps our partnerships could be a success to if we wore hats like theirs.
Explanation: The bowler hat is a hard felt hat with a rounded crown created for Thomas Coke, 2nd Earl of Leicester of Holkham, in 1850. It was designed by the hatters James and George Lock of Mr. Lock of St. James's Street and was dubbed by them early on as the "iron hat".
It was the traditional headwear of London city 'gents' and has become something of an English cultural icon. However English men stopped wearing hats as a matter of course in the 1960s, and most young English people in the 21st century have never seen a bowler hat worn as part of normal dress.
In the United States, this hat is also known as a derby hat.
Next, David and Cristina have given meaning of "derby". From these two answers, we can learn that derby is a thing of the past.
Because in the text the speaker complained about non-existence of true marriages in these modern days, then by "wearing derbies", he may refer to getting back to old values of marriage (like loyalty of the wife, the man is the sole breadwinner and so on) so that true marriage can be achieved.
Erich Ekoputra Indonesia Local time: 10:39 Native speaker of: Indonesian