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Post by JashimChando on Sun May 16, 2010 7:10 pm

It's not an expression that can be fully explained. It's a cute rhyming phrase that means something excellent.

There's no profound reason to relate bees and knees (or honey) other than the jaunty-sounding rhyme. In the 1920s it was fashionable to devise nonsense terms for excellence - 'the snake's hips', 'the kipper's knickers", 'the cat's pyjamas', 'the sardine's whiskers' etc.

Of these, the bee's knees and the cat's pyjamas are the only ones that have stood the test of time. More recently, we see the same thing - the 'dog's bollocks'.



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