Bee’s Knees – by Angela R.
Bee’s Knees Story
Have you ever heard the phrase “the bee’s knees”? It’s a saying that means to be the height of excellence or the best of the best. But have you ever wondered where this phrase comes from?
Interestingly enough, “the bee’s knees” is one of many quirky sayings that have emerged over time. Another similar expression is “the cat’s pajamas”, which also means something that is excellent or outstanding. But what do bees and cats have to do with knees and pajamas?
Well, the origins of these sayings are not entirely clear, but one theory is that they emerged in the 1920s as part of the slang of the time. During this era, there was a fascination with all things new and exciting, and people began using playful expressions to describe things that they thought were great.
As for “the bee’s knees”, some believe that it may have come from the fact that bees have special pollen baskets on their legs that are sometimes referred to as “knees”. Others think that it might have simply been a silly phrase that caught on because of its catchy sound.
Similarly, “the cat’s pajamas” may have come from the idea that cats are known for their elegance and grace, and pajamas were seen as a symbol of comfort and relaxation. Putting the two together created a fun and playful expression that captured the spirit of the time.
Regardless of their origins, these phrases have endured over time and continue to be used today. They remind us of a bygone era when language was playful and whimsical, and they add a bit of humor and lightness to our conversations.
So the next time you hear someone say “the bee’s knees” or “the cat’s pajamas”, take a moment to appreciate the fun and lightheartedness of these expressions. And while bees may not have actual knees like humans do, their segmented leg joints are pretty impressive, and it’s no wonder they have inspired such a playful saying.