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Throughout civilization hats have provided insight into class and social standing.  The top hat/high hat was a symbol of the aristocratic elite; a physical representation of extravagant wealth, elegance, and upper-class conformity.  To wear a top hat meant that you were not just sophisticated, but also superior.  Within America's growing immigrant communities the expression "high-hat" emerged as slang for an individual who was putting on airs.  Within the Irish-American community where lace curtain vs. shanty was the order of the day, going "high-hat" was the ultimate taunt.  It implied that donning at top hat was not a symbol of ethnic arrival, but a foolish display of arrogance.  Its modern translation would be selling out or big timing.

If the top hat implied superiority, the scally cap suggested camaraderie. A scalawag was described as a laborer who worked on vessels and/or the waterfront.  It was tough work done by tough men.  The uniformity of their caps personified the fellowship of the job.  A true scalawag was more barroom than ballroom, more beer than champagne, more prizefight than opera, more tweed than silk, more scally cap than high hat.  

Scalawag:  A common laborer toiling away on the docks.  Often identified as a newly arriving immigrant.  A scalawag may also refer to a rascal or scamp.

Scally Cap:  Scalawags were often identified by their short billed hats.  Hence their trademark hats became widely recognized as scally caps.

High-Hat:  Refers to an individual who is trying to put on airs, selling out, big timing, or attempting to rise above his/her station