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Old 08-04-2009, 11:08 AM
eleanorigby is offline
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Originally Posted by Jerseyman View Post
It would be taken for granted that 'unmanly' in some ways was 'unmanly' (and undesirable) in all ways. 'Dandy' is another clue because it's a man paying too much 'effeminate' attention to clothes, as Wilde's 'Aesthetes' did ("Stuck a feather in his hat and called it Macaroni: Yankeedoodle dandy", Macaroni being an earlier version of the species who met in a London club where they served the stuff).

Um, no. I'm with you on the Cowardly Lion (inasmuch as it matters that he's gay at all), but you are wrong re Macaronis. (And you're wrong re Dandies as well, but I'll let that one go--the article explains both).


Which explains why Yankee Doodle Dandy sticks a feather in his cap and calls it macaroni....

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