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the cultural reference of "Yankee Doodle Dandy"

 
 
kathy79
 
Reply Thu 11 Aug, 2016 08:22 pm
Please explain the phrase "you can say Yankee Doodle Dandy."
Is it just an idiom? Is there any cultural reference related with the phrase?

*I lost my accent faster than you can say Yankee Doodle Dandy
*The limited edition sets will probably go quicker than you can say
Yankee Doodle Dandy
*they will fire me faster than you can say “Yankee Doodle Dandy.”

--I found out the expression "Yankee Doodle Dandy" comes from the song "Yankee Doodle." But I don't understand the phrase "you can say yankee doodle dandy.

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Reply Fri 12 Aug, 2016 12:10 am
It's just an idiom. There is no "cultural reference" contained in "Yankee Doodle Dandy", beyond, I suppose, the fact that it is (or was) a phrase well known to Americans. It is merely a phrase the saying of which takes only a short time. I am British, and my mother used to say "Faster than you can say Jack Robinson" in such a situation. Again, the name "Jack Robinson" has little or no cultural significance.

kathy79
 
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Reply Fri 12 Aug, 2016 11:26 pm
@contrex,
Thank you very much : -) Your answer helps a lot.
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