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The Macaronis 18th C English Mens Fashion Les Incroyables Yankee Doodle

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#1 tailleuse

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Posted 28 April 2016 - 06:08 AM

I always thought I had misheard "macaroni."


Yankee Doodle

 Yankee Doodle went to town
A-riding on a pony,
Stuck a feather in his cap
And called it 'macaroni'.

Chorus:

Yankee Doodle keep it up,
Yankee Doodle dandy,
Mind the music and the step,
And with the girls be handy.

Father and I went down to camp,
Along with Captain Gooding,
And there we saw the men and boys
As thick as hasty pudding.


Here's a video explaining the term. Les Incroyables, who came later, were similar to the Macaroni in their taste for outrageous fashion.


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Posted 28 April 2016 - 06:15 AM

I always thought I had misheard "macaroni."

 
Always thought that "macaroni" was a Mondegreen.  A famous one in the U.S. is, José, can you see? instead of O say can you see ...?, which is the first line of the Star-Spangled Banner, the U.S. national anthem.


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Posted 28 April 2016 - 07:59 AM

Definitely making fun of a style choice for sure.

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Posted 28 April 2016 - 08:03 AM

Originally written by the British as a form of mocking, however it backfired when the "yankees" took it over and owned the song making it their own.


Edited by tombennett, 28 April 2016 - 07:32 PM.

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Posted 28 April 2016 - 04:58 PM

I heard Tom's version before too :)


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Posted 28 April 2016 - 05:12 PM

Originally written by the British as a form of mocking, however it backfired when the "yankees" took it over and owned the song making one of their own.

 

 

Yes, I learned that, too.


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