I hadn't noticed that myself, but it's a perfectly plausible explaination - though to be sure, one would have to find out which expression came into use first. Not that I'm particularly bothered, in fact I much prefer the idea of an Italian restaurateur describing his pizzas as "ze beezneez" to a baffled customer and accidentally coining a new English idiom... perhaps!I guess it might represent a corruption of the usual pronunciation of 'business', since describing something as 'the business' means almost exactly the same.
This is from the "Alt.Useage.English FAQ":Does anyone know where I can find the meaning and origin of the saying "The bee's knees"? Thanks.
I suspect that hardly anyone (even in Britain) says it anymore but when the phrase was "trendy", it was said in the U.S. and Canada in the Roaring 20s. So, if you ever hear a very elderly lady use the expression, she was probably a "flapper" back then!Do people say this outside of Britain?