Answering The Age Old Question About Yankee Doodle Calling His Cap Macaroni

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When we were kids, we all heard and sang lots of songs with rhymes and choruses that were repeated again and again and again. One of those songs that we all remember is “Yankee Doodle”.

Yankee Doodle went to town,
A-riding on a pony,
He stuck a feather in his hat
And called it macaroni.

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You may have had this question for a long time: Why did Yankee Doodle call his cap “macaroni?” As it turns out, “Yankee Doodle” was originally a British song that soldiers sang to taunt Americans.

But in true American fashion, the Revolutionary War patriots adopted it as their own and even played it when the British surrendered.

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

Another great example of Americans turning a negative into a positive!

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If this video has stirred your patriotism, watch this duo sing and tap dance 40s-style to honor veterans for more inspiration.

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Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and world traveler with a background in journalism, graphic design, and French pastry. He likes to learn new things whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, folk music and coffee.