The "Tuppo" is a hairstyle, similar to the French "toupet". In the early years of the 20th century in the deep Italian south even hair styling was part of the non-verbal language that told about a woman's marital status. Loose hair indicated that the girl was not married, she could be courted, while the hair ordered and gathered in a toupee indicated a married woman and therefore not available.
Legend has it that a boy had been rejected by the family of his beloved and that she was married to another. After a few years she was widowed and was able to marry her beloved, who could exclaim the well-known Sicilian tongue twister:
"Senza tuppu un t'appi, cu lu tuppu t'appi, e comu t'appi t'appi" = Without a toupee I didn't have you, with a toupee I had you, however I had you, I had you.