[Ads-l] Antedating of "Yankee Doodle"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Thu Mar 4 12:28:35 UTC 2021

An occurrence well known to Doodlers. OED should be ashamed.

Also of interest:

The second strain of the tune as usually played today differs from
nineteenth-century versions.

The character speaking in "The Disappointment," oddly named Raccoon ("An
old debauchee") seems to utilize blackface dialect, but he's evidently
French. (Cf. Princess Catherine in "Henry V.")


On Wed, Mar 3, 2021 at 8:25 PM Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at yale.edu> wrote:

> Yankee Doodle (OED 1768)
> 1767 'Andrew Barton' The Disappointment 22 (America's Historical Imprints)
> AIR IV. Yankee Doodle.
> O! how joyful shall I be,
> When I get de money,
> I will bring it all to dee;
> O! my diddling honey.
> (Exit, singing they chorus, yankee doodle, &c.
> Fred Shapiro
> ------------------------------------------------------------
> The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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