So I was
Facebook stalking perusing my Facebook feed yesterday when I came across the following post…
Not many people use this expression any more, but when they do it’s in regards to something they think is great. The greatest thing since sliced bread. Or some other such nonsense.
I just don’t understand why this expression has come to mean what it means. What exactly are the bee’s knees and why is this a good thing? I wasn’t aware that bees even had knees. If they don’t, is anything that is the bee’s knees nonexistent? If so, why would you say anything is the bee’s knees? I’ve thought about this entirely too much.
So I’m turning to the ever omniscient Google. Google has all the answers. Whether they’re right or wrong is debatable, but it has all the answers.
My first search result led me here. This page explained the origin of the saying, but ultimately couldn’t explain its current meaning. The second result led me to a diner in the Boston area. I just can’t imagine eating at The Bee’s Knees. The third one led me to a restaurant in Augusta, GA. What’s with naming all these restaurants The Bee’s Knees? My next result let me to Urban Dictionary. One of my favorite sites. Surely some answers can be found there, right? Right? Wrong. Dammit.
Urban Dictionary has two definitions for The Bee’s Knees.
- adj. used to describe something in a positive way, c. 1950’s.
- When You get so high that you feel youre[sic]knees vibrating like bees, and your legs tremble on their own.
This is quite possibly the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard.
Okay, I’m done with this. I had this random thought and wondered what the hell this expression meant and all I got was a big, fat ‘I don’t know’, two restaurants, and one of the dumbest definitions in the history of dumb definitions. Fuck you, Google. You suck.
And fuck you, too, bee’s knees. You make no damn sense and I find it inconceivable that there was ever a time that bees knees were so fucking fantastic that we had to invent this idiotic expression.
What a pointless post this turned out to be.
Outtakes (explanatory post coming later):
- Typed reslut instead of result.
- Had to check if it was omniscient or omnipotent that meant “all-knowing.”
- Typed reslut instead of result. Again.
- Made fun of La La (la la la la la la la la) on Twitter
- Got entirely too distracted with Edward Hotspur and GingerSnaap on Twitter.
- Tweeted like Yoda.