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sixtieschick Meaning: With the girls be handy? (75* d) RE: With the girls be handy??? 25 Apr 05


There might be a clue in the "macaroni" and "dandy" parts: Upper class young men's educations were often completed with a Grand Tour, a trip to Italy to study classical Roman art and architecture. The boys were usually accompanied by servants, a tutor and a chaplain. Some returned with pretentious airs and were mockingly called "macaronis" for their association with Italy. Many of that class also dressed as dandies. Yankee Doodle evidently was both a dandy and a macaroni. I'd hazard a guess that "with the girls be handy" is an admonition to deport himself in female company with courtly manners, witty speech, skillful dancing, etc. Just a guess, though.


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