Yes, even in Canada we know the Yankee Doodle song. But like everyone else, as kids we giggle and find that last line in the first verse:
Yankee Doodle went to town
Riding on a pony;
He stuck a feather in his hat,
And called it macaroni…
Who the hell sticks a feather in his hat and then calls it “macaroni”? What in the hell is that about?
Maybe everyone else knows, but I sure didn’t. Not till the other day, anyway.
The answer, as for so much around here lately, lies in Georgian England. Continue reading