Back in the 1760s, macaroni was slang for the stylish young men who frequented a fashionable new English hangout, the Macaroni Club, named after a popular food that had just made its way there from Italy. So when Yankee Doodle stuck a feather in his cap and called it macaroni, he was identifying himself as a bit of a dandy -- essentially the hipster of his time.
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