The above video answers the question of any elementary schooler: Why did Yankee Doodle Dandy call his feather macaroni?
Most of us sing "Yankee Doodle" with a focus on the tune rather than the seemingly gibberish words:
Yankee Doodle went to town
A-riding on a pony,
Stuck a feather in his cap
And called it macaroni.
To a kid, the "macaroni" at the end makes it sound like Yankee Doodle was an ignoramus who didn't know what mac and cheese was. But a kid doesn't know a couple of key things about the song, like:
- The whole thing was written to insult Americans.
- The real meaning of macaroni is a multilayered insult for the ages.