You're the cat's pajamas!

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    Originally Posted By chickendumpling

    What in the wide, wide world of sports does this mean and wear, oops, where did it come from?
     
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    Originally Posted By Lisann22

    An English slang phrase coined by w:Thomas A. Dorgan. The phrase means "the height of excellence" and became popular in the U.S. in the 1920s,[1] along with bee's knees, "the cat's whiskers" (possibly from the use of these in radio crystal sets), and similar phrases that didn't endure: "the eel's ankle", "the elephant's instep", "the snake's hip" and "the capybara's spats".[2]


    [edit] Idiom
    the cat's pyjamas (pajamas*)

    (idiomatic) A highly sought-after and fancy example of something, usually referring to inanimate objects.
    That new car was really the cat's pyjamas.

    [edit] Synonyms
    the bee's knees
    the cat's meow
    the mutt's nuts

    [edit] Usage notes
    British usage is pyjamas while American is pajamas

    [edit] See also
    "cat's pajamas" at Maven's Word of the Day, 2001-01-02

    [edit] References
    ª <a href="http://www.randomhouse.com/wotd/index.pperl?date=20010102" target="_blank">http://www.randomhouse.com/wot
    d/index.pperl?date=20010102</a>
    ª Mark Israel, 'Phrase Origins: "The bee's knees"' alt.usage.english FAQ file,(line 4407), (29 Sept 1997). <a href="http://www.exw6sxq.com/sparky/aue_related/full_faq.html" target="_blank">http://www.exw6sxq.com/sparky/
    aue_related/full_faq.html</a>

    <a href="http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/cat" target="_blank">http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/
    cat</a>'s_pyjamas
     
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    Originally Posted By ilvdland

    There goes Lisann, using "The Internets" to find the answers.....

    ;)
     
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    Originally Posted By Lisann22

    Ain't it amazing. These dang new fandangle things.
     
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    Originally Posted By chickendumpling

    The Google is the snake's hip!
     
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    Originally Posted By Lisann22

    Whew - I thought you were gonna say the mutt's nuts. LMAO!
     
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    Originally Posted By Pixie Glitter

    <----still puzzling over whether it would be worse to be called an elephant's instep or eel's ankle (both of which are definitely preferable to mutt's nuts).
     
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    Originally Posted By disneydad109

    we need to get down to brass tacks about this.
     
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    Originally Posted By SoThisIsLove

    It would definitely be a whale of a tale...
     

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