Stick a Feather Where?

Shhhhhh. Don’t let the Fascists know it, but one of the Empire’s favorite uber-patriotic songs is actually all about [gasp] faggotry! Ahhhhhh! « The horror »:

‘A macaroni, was a fop or dandy with an extravagant hairstyle and affected mannerisms. More literally, a macaroni was a small tricorn hat placed on top of a high wig. Hence, when Yankee Doodle ‘stuck a feather in his cap, and called it macaroni’, it was the entire cap, not just the feather, that constituted a macaroni, and which symbolized him as a Dandy and a bit of a buffoon.’

— Rictor Norton, “The Macaroni Club: Homosexual Scandals in 1772”, Homosexuality in Eighteenth-Century England: A Sourcebook, 19-Dec-2004, updated 1-Mar-2005

Ooopsy! We already know that The Star-Spangled Banner tune is actually a tavern drunken drinking song … what’s next? America the Beautiful is actually a coded homage to the beauty show circuit?

Cool. Yankee Doodle Dandy is now AirBeagle’s theme song.