I tell my hubby all the time that he’s got bee's knees and abumble butt. Now, don’t go thinking that’sinsulting . . . I actually think his knees and his butt are quite cute . . .they are terms endearments!
If you’ve heard the expression, you know that if somethingis the bee’s knees it is something good . . . of superior quality
What surprised me is how old the saying is . . . it firstappeared in print over 200 years ago! Originally it was used . . . appropriately . . . to describe somethingthat is tiny . . . you know, like bee’sknees? How and when it could haveevolved into meaning something excellent, I don’t know.
Another thought is that the bee’s knees may actually referto Bee’s knees . . . Bee Jackson that is. Who is Bee Jackson, you ask? Beeis a dancer from the 1920’s who popularized the
. . . you know, that knee knockingdance? Apparently, she had some darnedcute knees . . . and knew how to usethem! Charleston
My favorite is this . . . "b's and e's" wasshorthand for "be-alls and end-alls" . . . b’s-n-e’s . . . bee’sknees. At thevery least it’s an interesting theory.
“This man is the bee's knees, Arthur, he is the wasp's nipples. He is, I would go so far as to say, the entire set of erogenous zones of every major flying insect of the Western world.”
― Douglas Adams, So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish a quote from the fourth book in the Hitch-hikers Guide to the Galaxy