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October 2, 2012
Posted at 2:32 pm

Yankee Diddle

I have ended this current run of Madam Jillinghoff's bedroom Rhymes with a patriotic ditty called Yankee Diddle. It may be sung to the familiar tune, but I prefer just reciting it. It's not only filthy, it's also educational. Peggy Shippen, mentioned in the first verse, was a tory from a prominent Philadelphia family who collaborated with the British, under General Howe, during the occupation of that city - the time when Washington and his men were camped at Valley Forge. She married Benedict Arnold in 1779 and settled with him in Blighty. Treason has its rewards, apparently.

Apologies in advance to British users of this site who might be offended by my paean to an early American sexual superman.