I sent my Jewel story off to my editing partners so they can tear it apart. During one scene, the heroine is wearing a toque to cover her hair as she’s breaking into a house. I was taken aback when Marley (from the US) said “what’s a toque?” while Sue thought it might be kind of kinky to have the heroine wearing a pastry on her head.
After years of watching toque-wearing Bob and Doug McKenzie on SCTV, and watching every burglar on TV pulling on their ubiquitous black toque, I thought everyone would know what a toque was. So I started looking for web references to ‘toque’. Ooops. According to Wikipedia toque is a Canadian word – specifically a French Canadian word. Who knew?! Guess I’ll be changing toque to ‘knit cap’ so readers will know I’m not referring to a dessert or some kinky bondage device. (By the way, for those who don’t know the word, it’s pronounced with a long oo sound, the same way as you pronounce Luke. Or that lovely little hobbit Peregrine Took.)
Ever since I started thinking about it, I’ve had that darned Bob and Doug McKenzie theme song running through my head … co co co co co co roo roo … well, here, you have to listen to it for yourself.