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#182885 - 02/24/09 03:13 PM Cat Idiom  
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What is the origin and meaning of "be the Cat's Whiskers?" I've heard of this saying but its seldom used in the USA.

#182886 - 02/24/09 03:57 PM Re: Cat Idiom [Re: sbd]  
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this too shall pass
it's simply the best; in the U.S., see the cat's pyjamas

#182899 - 02/24/09 08:29 PM Re: Cat Idiom [Re: tsuwm]  
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So a flapper is a girl who never flounders?

#182900 - 02/24/09 08:30 PM Re: Cat Idiom [Re: tsuwm]  
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Well, thats just 'The Bee's Knees'. You may need an Entomology dictionary. whistle

#182901 - 02/24/09 09:23 PM Re: Cat Idiom [Re: olly]  
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I like the gnat's elbow. How will it manage to cling to cat's whiskers.

#182906 - 02/25/09 12:24 AM Re: Cat Idiom [Re: BranShea]  
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Accompanied by the cat's meow.

#182910 - 02/25/09 02:03 AM Re: Cat Idiom [Re: olly]  
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कहीं &...
Originally Posted By: olly
Well, thats just 'The Bee's Knees'. You may need an Entomology dictionary. whistle


Perhaps Douglas Adams had one?
Quote:
This man is the bee's knees, Arthur, he is the wasp's nipples. He is, I would go so far as to say, the entire set of erogenous zones of every major flying insect of the Western world.

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#182933 - 02/25/09 05:46 PM Re: Cat Idiom [Re: latishya]  
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Note in passing: "Catwhisker" is also a reference to the wire contact of and eventually the entire early semiconductor device, a rectifier or diode used as "detector" in early earphone radios

But here's something that isn't generally known: In 1930 the year I was born an ingenious fellow inventor added a second catwhisker, devising what was actually the first point-contact transistor. However it was not recognized as such until decades later. This patent is so obscure that unless you're much more adept than I at Googling you might spend all morning attempting to confirm it

Part of the difficulty arises from five or six different spellings of "catwhisker" and partly on Mac's massively incompetent search algorithm but I guarantee if you ae more persistent than I you will find it

Coincidentally as if to confirm Mac's software incompetence he doesn't recognize "ae" above as a misspelling of "are"




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#182958 - 02/26/09 08:26 AM Re: Cat Idiom [Re: dalehileman]  
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My Mac caught it but maybe she is more competent than your he Mac.
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#182961 - 02/26/09 08:51 AM Re: Cat Idiom [Re: Zed]  
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He Macs take offense more easily.

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