09 April 2010

9 April 2010: The Bee's Knees

Can you see them? Her knees are furry! I am always intrigued by the origin of words and sayings and here is what I found out about the phrase...the bee's knees:

A bee's "corbiculae", or pollen-baskets, are located on itstibiae (midsegments of its legs). The phrase "the bee's knees," meaning "the height of excellence," became popular in the U.S. in the 1920s. Also popular was "the cat's whiskers" (possibly from the use of these in radio crystal sets), "the cat's pajamas" (pajamas were still new enough to be daring), and similar phrases which made less sense and didn't endure: "the eel's ankle", "the elephant'sinstep", "the snake's hip".

So I hope you think this photo is the bee's knees or the eel's ankle!

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