Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Yankee Doodle Dandy

Nearly at the end of Round 8!!!

ABC Wednesday is a word meme with participants from around the world. This fabulous meme was created and hosted by Mrs. Denise Nesbitt who hails from Great Britain. Over time, others have joined in to help host this wonderful and informative meme. We are now in our EIGHTH round! Some of the participants have been with this from the very first round; others have joined in along the way. Each week we are taken across the globe to see the varied and exciting contributions people have taken the time to discover and capture. We start with the letter, "A" and each week we post something in regards to the next letter of the alphabet. This week's letter is, "Y".


 Pop quiz-don't cheat!!! Who wrote the tune, "Yankee Doodle Dandy"?

Give up?  George M. Cohan.  One our great, all American songs! And, a pleasantly catchy tune, too (if I don't mind saying so myself).  His life and music was depicted in the Hollywood film, "Yankee Doodle Dandy".

"The meaning of Yankee has varied over time. In the 18th century, it referred to residents of New England descended from the original English settlers of the region. Mark Twain, in the following century, used the word in this sense in his novel A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, published in 1889. As early as the 1770s, British people applied the term to any person from what became the United States. In the 19th century, Americans in the southern United States employed the word in reference to Americans from the northern United States (though not to recent immigrants from Europe; thus a visitor to Richmond, Virginia, in 1818 commented, "The enterprising people are mostly strangers; Scots, Irish, and especially New England men, or Yankees, as they are called").[2]
Outside the United States, Yankee is slang for anyone from the United States. The truncated form Yank is especially popular among Britons, and may sometimes be considered offensive or disapproving.[3
(quoted from Wikiedia)


 An AP photo of Prince Edward

 " Yeomanry is a designation used by a number of units or sub-units of the British Territorial Army, descended from volunteer cavalry regiments. Today, Yeomanry units may serve in a variety of different military roles." (from Wikipedia).

This photo was taken at at a Service of Remembrance for the Iraq War and here, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, is the Royal Honorary Colonel of the Royal Wessex Yeomanry.

YCLEPT  (ee clept):

a past participle of clepe.

  • While clepe is obsolete, yclept is still occasionally used for humorous or archaic effect; as in the set phrase aptly yclept, which is an idiomatic expression.
  • A holdover from Middle English, yclept is one of the few English words where 'y' figures as a vowel at the beginning of a word. Others include yttrium and yngling.
I've read this definition over and over again and I STILL can't figure out what it means!! If any one of you out there in blogsophere 'gets it', leave a comment here explaining how to use this word (even if it is archaic) in a sentence, please!!!


Carver said...

What a great post for the letter Y. I have known who wrote yankee doodle dandy but keep forgetting. I'll probably forget again.

EG Wow said...

My grandparents were true Yankees from New England so I'm surprised when all Americans are called Yanks. :))

Here's a sentence using yclept (as I understand the word to mean):

My daughter's woodwind teacher was aptly yclept Mr. Puff.

Meryl said...

Super post. I am so glad you commented that you also didn't get what yclept means! Now I don't feel so dumb. Too bad though, it is cool to say and I'd love to know what it means and how to use it. Now I'm on a quest!

Roger Owen Green said...

You are a Yankee doodle dandy blogger.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

gigihawaii said...

Why is it that all men in uniform look handsome?

photowannabe said...

Fascinating as always Paula. I have to admit I never heard of the last words in your post.
I did know who wrote the song but have forgotten what the song Yankee Doodle went to town is really all about. Guess I have to go on a Google quest today.

Sylvia K said...

I actually do know who wrote yankee doodle dandy, but hadn't thought about that one in a long time! Fun post for the day, as always! Hope your week is off to a good start, Paula!

ABC Team

Joy said...

The uniform is only missing a Yankee doodle dandy feather.
You always come up with such unusual words, never even heard of the word clepe never mind ycleped.

Jingle said...

that's great!

Leslie: said...

Enjoyed your post, but was wondering about that odd word at the end - but then even YOU don't seem to understand it. lol

abcw team

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Your Yankee Doddle is a dandy.

Tumblewords: said...

Laughing. Before reading the comments, I took a language tour and still felt muddled. Returning to 'fess that I hadn't a clue, I found the answer in EGWow's comment. How cool is THAT? Now I want to use it.
My first and last Beta fish was aptly yclept Puppie. TaDa!

Hildred and Charles said...

Paula, this is a really apt choice for your post this week, - a great song!

Reader Wil said...

EG Wow came with the same answer as I have found: yclept means "called by the name of..." In Australia a redhead is yclept bluey.(I hope I use it in the right way!)
Thanks for this fun post!

Spadoman said...

I certainly know the movie with James Cagney where the song Yankee Doodle Dany was featured. As soon as Cohen's name was mentioned, I remembered that's who wrote the score.
The word Yeoman has a lot of meanings. I have heard of it as a rank in the Navy. Yeomanry makes perfect sense then, but the word looks funny printed out. Makes more sense to em spoken.
Yclept... atchaic to say the least. I've never heard of it, but with the link you provided, EG Wow's useage makes some sense of it.
You do a good job with the ABC's.


Barbara Rosenzweig said...

Wonderful post and very informative!

Have a great week!

Gigi Ann said...

Enjoyed your Y post today. HOWEVER... I just got the Yankee Doodle Dandy song out of my head, and now it is back. The only way to get rid of it floating around in my brain, I now have to go listen to some Elvis music. He always helps me get it out of my head. hee, hee.

chubskulit said...

I've learned so many things today with letter Y.

My ABC, please come and see.

sharplittlepencil said...

Yclept? Almost sounds like farkelmpt! I should have done a poem about our favorite beer growing up, Yuengling. Thanks for the lesson, Paula!!

Mine is song lyrics:

Kay L. Davies said...

Yes, I had known about George M. Cohan and the Yankee Doodle Dandy song, but had forgotten. I've forgotten a lot of things.
EG Wow had the "yclept" thing correct. "Clepe" (the obsolete verb of which yclept is the past participal, meant "known as", in the way Mr. Puff the woodwind teacher was aptly yclept.
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
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