Well, I’m astounded. The bee’s knees?? That’s an expression? And all these years I’ve thought people were saying business in a funny way. Thanks to today’s entry on Open Brackets, I can now stop giving my very own version of business (random funny pronunciation, with a hint of French accent probably) when I mean bee’s knees.
I obviously looked into the origin of the expression and found that it was coined in the 1920s in America, when anything excellent had to be related to an animal part. The bee’s knees are where the pollen is collected and are then a very important part of that insect. Hence saying that something is the bee’s knees means that it’s excellent.
In French? Extra, super, génial, le top du top, trop fort, trop cool, the list is endless.