Bee Expressions!

Bless the Flowers and the Weeds, My Birds and the Bees

If you let the bee be, the bee will let you be

The bee works all summer and eats honey all winter

 A bee in one’s bonnet   – Impulsive, often eccentric turn of mind; a notion.

Where there are bees, there is honey

 As busy as a bee  – Very busy.

 Hive of activity – Your house is if your whole family is helping you clean it.

Make a bee-line for it  – Go directly towards something.

  You catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar 
– More can be accomplished by being pleasant, than by being disagreeable.

  Honey is sweet but bees sting
– Sometimes you have to suffer to enjoy something.

 A dead bee will make no honey! 

The Bees Knees  – This is one of many that emerged during the 1920s “flapper” period when anything & anybody excellent was likely to receive a catchphrase having something to do with an animal part. E.g. monkey’s eyebrows, cat’s pajamas.

 She thinks she’s the bee’s knees!  – Means she has a very high opinion of herself.

In the days when smallpox was a common disease it caused much disfigurement. As a result, many women put beeswax over their skin to smooth out their complexion. However when the weather was very warm or they sat by a fire the wax might melt.

It was not the done thing for one lady to tell another that her makeup was melting. So when they were speaking to each other, if one began to stare at the other woman’s face she was told to ‘ Mind your own bees’ wax  – meaning keep your opinions & comments to yourself.

 Crack a smile – If a woman smiled, the wax would crack.

 Losing face -If she sat too close to the fire, the wax would melt.