For carrying on the tradition, here is a list of the 'etymology' for the Winter Bash 2021 hats. Everything about the naming (whether related to Stack Exchange mechanics, memes, or anything else that isn't obvious to most readers) can be found here. What may be obvious to you (because you're a game expert, or a native English speaker) may not be obvious to other users. For pictures and a list of criteria, see the Winter Bash 2021 Hat List 😷 🎓 instead.

The list is a community wiki; feel free to edit it if you have more information about a hat. Please keep the list in alphabetical order for easier searching. If you like to do some research, some hats have been featured in earlier editions, so you might be able to find more information in the previous installments:

Copied from Glorfindel's 2020 post.

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    Should we add old hats like Soapbox in the list that were covered in previous posts?
    – Wolgwang
    Commented Dec 29, 2021 at 9:37

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Regular hats

Hat Explanation
Plus 44 Reference to +44 band.
Soapbox Reference to the English idiom "to get on a soapbox," meaning to publicly make an opinionated speech, analogous to starting a discussion on Meta.

Secret hats

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    Please post secret hats in a spoiler block.
    – Wolgwang
    Commented Dec 29, 2021 at 9:42
  • Wolgwang why exactly? On the hat list page their names (and images) aren't in spoilers.
    – user1091571
    Commented Dec 30, 2021 at 0:50
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    @richardec Because their references can be related to their trigger...
    – Wolgwang
    Commented Dec 30, 2021 at 1:26

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