I tell my hubby all the time that he’s got bee's knees and a bumble butt. Now, don’t go thinking that’s insulting . . . I actually think his knees and his butt are quite cute . . . they are terms endearments!
If you’ve heard the expression, you know that if something is the bee’s knees it is something good . . . of superior quality
What surprised me is how old the saying is . . . it first appeared in print over 200 years ago! Originally it was used . . . appropriately . . . to describe something that is tiny . . . you know, like bee’s knees? How and when it could have evolved into meaning something excellent, I don’t know.
Another thought is that the bee’s knees may actually refer to Bee’s knees . . . Bee Jackson that is. Who is Bee Jackson, you ask? Bee is a dancer from the 1920’s who popularized the
. . . you know, that knee knocking
dance? Apparently, she had some darned
cute knees . . . and knew how to use
My favorite is this . . . "b's and e's" was shorthand for "be-alls and end-alls" . . . b’s-n-e’s . . . bee’s knees. At the very least it’s an interesting theory.
“This man is the bee's knees, Arthur, he is the wasp's nipples. He is, I would go so far as to say, the entire set of erogenous zones of every major flying insect of the Western world.”
― Douglas Adams, So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish a quote from the fourth book in the Hitch-hikers Guide to the Galaxy
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