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Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by justhorsinaround, Aug 12, 2006.
.....the bees knees come from?
New one on me.
1920's flapper slang. Means "excellent".
South London for 'it's the business' as in excellent like Ms Faceplant says, so business=pronounced in south London as biz nez became bees knees.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it gov'n'r!
probably right out of some cat's ass.
Go flapper era!
The phrase "the bee's knees",
meaning "the height of excellence", became popular in the U.S. in
the 1920s, along with "the cat's whiskers" (possibly from the use
of these in radio crystal sets), "the cat's pajamas" (pyjamas were
still new enough to be daring), and similar phrases which made less
sense and didn't endure: "the eel's ankle", "the elephant's
instep", "the snake's hip". Stories in circulation about the
phrase's origin include: "b's and e's", short for "be-alls and
end-alls"; and a corruption of "business".
What IS that smell?..........
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