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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

the bee's knees

"The bee's knees" apparently was popular in 1920s United States, slang used by the hip Flappers.

The Phrase Finder website has a nice description of the possible etiologies and historical uses of this idiom.

The alt.usage.english FAQ also provides a succinct description, mentioning other Flapper terms, like "the eel's ankle", "the elephant's instep", and "the snake's hip".

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