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Re: The cat's meow

Posted by ESC on December 22, 2009 at 13:47

In Reply to: The cat's meow posted by Reed Peterson on December 22, 2009 at 10:18:

: I would just like to know where the saying "It's the cat's meow" came from, as my neighbour said it during a conversation we had last week.

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