Bee’s Knees

Have you heard the expression, “Bee’s Knees”?

Its current meaning is something that is excellent; however, that is not how it began.

In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, we see the expression, “the BE all and END all” which means the central or most important element of something.

After years of use, people began to say, “Bs and Es” which sounds like “bee’s knees.”

It seemed to make sense because bees collect sweet pollen on their knees which suggests goodness.

The new expression thrived and the old one got lost. 


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