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The idiomatic expression the ‘cat’s pajamas’ is one that gives me the giggles.  Like “bees knees” and “cats meow”, it means something (or someone) that is highly sought after, special, or fancy. It makes me picture my own cats strutting around (on their hind legs) with fancy pj’s on.  We always seem to say and hear these funny expressions but never really think to think of where they derive from.

So I decided to Google where “cat’s pajamas” derives from…

It is a slang phrase coined by Thomas A. Dorgan. The phrase became popular in America in the 1920s.In the 1920s the word cat was used as a term to describe the unconventional flappers from the jazz era. This was combined with the word pyjamas (a relatively new fashion in the 1920s to form a phrase used to describe something that is the best at what it does, thus making it highly sought and desirable. A report in the New York Times of a publicity stunt by an unknown woman in 1922, in which she paraded along 5th Avenue clad in yellow silk pajamas and accompanied by four cats similarly dressed, may indicate the phrase was already current by that date, as the “cat’s meow” certainly was.

Hence, this is the general theme of my blog.  To find peachy, special things that are the “cat’s pajamas” of anything and everything and share them with you:-)

xo

Ash

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