antedating of "sissy" 1879--Note: (Yankee) Dood(le)

Douglas G. Wilson douglas at NB.NET
Sun Feb 15 22:49:55 UTC 2004

>Note significantly "Dood" in "Yankee Doodle" here--i.e., the origin
>of the 19th century term "dude." (Barry Popik and I have done a lot
>of work on this term).

So it's "Yankee Doodle Dandy" in the song, > "Yankee Doodle" = "dandy", >
"doodle" = "dandy", > "dude" = "dandy"?

It seems believable. Is there decisive evidence? I don't remember seeing
this derivation presented before.

-- Doug Wilson

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