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Re: 'The Cat's Tits'

Posted by Arobba on March 31, 2005

In Reply to: Re: 'The Cat's Tits' posted by ESC on March 30, 2005

: : Does anyone know what it means or where the expression comes from?

: : I heard it for the first time today but apparently a few people have heard it before.

: I am guessing that this is a descendant of the following:

: From "Listening to America: An Illustrated History of Words and Phrases from Our Lively and Splendid Past" by Stuart Berg Flexner:

: "For 'great' (in the 20s) we have: the cat's pajamas, remarkable, first used around 1920, when pajamas were still somewhat shockingly new...similar expressions...the duck's quack, 1920; the bee's knees, the clam's garters, the elephant's wrist, the eel's ankles, the gnat's elbow, all 1923 the elephant's arches and the sardine's whiskers, both 1924; the bullfrog's beard, the cuckoo's chin, the leopard's stripes, the pig's wings, the snake's hips, and the tiger's spots, all 1925."
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That was my first thought but, if so, it's not mentioned anywhere that I've been able to find

I'm leaning towards the view that it's a a recent expression akin to 'The Dog's Bollocks' ('the mutt's nuts' is the US version I believe) meaning something that is very good/superior although I have also heard 'The Cat's Tits' used in regard to something that is so small as to be useless