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          Quick Aside:  A year or so ago I looked something up that had puzzled me since I was a kid.  From the revolutionary war song, "Yankee Doodle Dandy," the young soldier "Stuck a feather in his cap, and called it macaroni."  Yankee Doodle did that.  Did . . . wot?  As I recall the Wikipedia piece, the song itself was sung by British regular troops to make fun of the rag tag rebel army; that's why Doodle went to town "riding on a pony" instead of a great steed like Washington's renowned "Snoop Dog."

"Macaroni" was then being used as a pop term of sophistication, as macaroni was new and exotic then, innovative and hip.  By sticking a feather in his cap, and then calling the getup something cool and sophisticated, i.e. "macaroni," Doodle was just showing again what a yokel he was.  Not much compared to today's acid sarcasms.  Even the put downs were a bit kinder and gentler way back in the day.  And we bumpkins got the last laugh anyway!

Edited by Bulgakov
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