"Yankee Doodle" was composed in England as an anti-colonist song. Yankee, of course, was an American colonist. Doodle meant "a sorry, trifling fellow; a fool or simpleton." Macaroni refers not to a pasta dish, but to a foppish and bombastic style of Italian clothing. Strangely enough, "Yankee Doodle" became the colonist's rallying anthem for the Revolutionary War and was used as a marching song.