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    Macaroni

    Hello,


    In reading an older book, I came across a word a macaroni meaning a fop or a dandy. It would sound a little bit dated if used in nowadays, wouldn´t it?


    Thanks a lot.
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    Re: Macaroni

    It would be incomprehensible to most people.
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    Re: Macaroni

    Fashion trends have changed much in 250 some odd years, so it's not exactly in vogue.

    In fact, despite it being referenced in the well-known song "Yankee Doodle", most Americans regard it as just silly non-sense lyrics, and don't realize it's a fashion term. Particularly since the song has come to be regarded more as a nursery rhyme than a patriotic hymn.

    Perhaps in Connecticut, where it's the state anthem, you might find a little awareness, but I'm willing to bet you'd be hard pressed to find anybody aware it's not just a pasta.
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    Re: Macaroni

    Before I read the story, I had had no idea the word macaroni could mean something else than a kind of pasta. I had to look it up.


    P.S. I remember my first introduction to Yankee Doodle was through E.A.Poe´s short story The System Of Doctor Tarr And Professor Fether. Mad patients played and sung it during a maniac paroxysm at the end of the tale.
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