THE BEE’S KNEES

When we describe someone as being the bee’s knees we are paying them a compliment because this phrase means of ‘excellent quality’. Some sources point to the origin relating to the pollen collected by bees as they flit from flower to flower – and we all know the end result will be honey, which is good.

So, someone who is admired for having certain qualities or for having achieved something significant may be referred to as the bee’s knees. This is the meaning that has been in use since the 1920s.

Funnily enough, when the bee’s knees was first recorded in the late 18th century, it meant ‘something very small and insignificant’. Well, bees may be small but we have all been made aware of how very significant they are in our lives!

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13 thoughts on “THE BEE’S KNEES

    • Having seen the large holes carpenter bees have bored into some of our older trees, I am not surprised you are not happy about them moving under your deck!

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  1. That last photograph is my favorite. Reminds me of a poem by Keats (about how the figures on an urn are suspended in time, forever just about to . . .)

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    • Yes! Ode on a Grecian Urn:
      Fair youth, beneath the trees, thou canst not leave
      Thy song, nor ever can those trees be bare;
      Bold Lover, never, never canst thou kiss,
      Though winning near the goal yet, do not grieve;
      She cannot fade, though thou hast not thy bliss,
      For ever wilt thou love, and she be fair!

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