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posted 6/1/2007 2:29:19 AM |
Why did Yankee Doodle name the feather in his hat macaroni?
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Jun 1 @ 3:01AM
A macaroni, in mid-18th-century England, was a fashionable fellow who dressed and even spoke in an outlandishly affected manner. The term pejoratively referred to a person who exceeded the ordinary bounds of fashion in terms of clothes, fastidious eating and gambling. Like a practitioner of macaronic verse, which mixed together English and Latin to comic effect, he mixed Continental affectations with his English nature, laying himself open to satire.
Young men who had been to Italy on the Grand Tour adopted the Italian word maccherone — a boorish fool in Italian — and said that anything that was fashionable or à la mode was 'very macaroni'. Horace Walpole wrote to a friend in 1764 of "the Macaroni Club, which is composed of all the traveled young men who wear long curls and spying-glasses." The "club" was not a formal one: the expression was particularly used to characterize fops who dressed in high fashion with stripes and tall, powdered wigs with a little hat on top which was so high that it could only be removed on the point of a sword. Macaronis combined the enjoyment of wine, sex and song with effeminacy of dress. They are a precursor to the dandy and the metrosexual.
Jun 1 @ 3:11AM
Maybe it's because he was yanking on his doodle and bummed coz it was soft as a boiled macaroni.
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