Why did Yankee Doodle name the feather in his hat Macaroni?

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  • 8 years ago
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    This is a Revolutionary War era song. Yankee Doodle represents one of the rag-tag patriots, fighting the well-heeled, uniformed British regulars. The ornamental lace and epaulets on British uniforms was referred to as "macaroni" (in much the same way that the ornamentation on modern Army and Naval officer hats is referred to as "scrambled eggs" today). The patriots were making fun of their own ability to do without by saying a simple feather in their cap (as from a domestic fowl) was equivalent to the elaborate ornamentation of the British uniforms...and by extension, that the patriots were the equivalent of the British in other matters as well.

  • Nelson
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    8 years ago

    It was simply used as a rhyme for "pony".

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