Lifestyle: the origin of “tin foil hat”

Tutoring, the origins of common phrases can make fun topics. The tutor shares the origin of “tin foil hat”.

A couple of years back, someone described a conspiracy theorist to me as “a tin-foil-hat guy…when he’s not dead right.”

I surmised what tin foil hat must mean, having never heard it. I thought it a funny, charming phrase, but wondered about its origin. Since then, I seem to hear it often.

Wearing a tin foil hat suggests paranoia. It derives from the fictional premise that wearing a metal hat can prevent thought-detection.


Jack of Oracle Tutoring by Jack and Diane, Campbell River, BC.

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