of the Week
word or phrase to add to your army.
The cat's pajamas is a fun phrase that means the best. This phrase began in the 1920s, along with the "cat's whiskers" and the "cat's meow." Another silly phrase that means the same thing would be "the bee's knees." If you mother buys you a pair of shoes you've always wanted, you might say to her, "Wow, mom, those shoes are the cat's pajamas! Thanks!" That does not mean they were made from a nightgown that a cat would wear to bed. Although . . . a cat in a nightgown might be the cat's pajamas because it would be hilarious.
There is a funny story that the phrase was based on a high-society woman walking down 5th Avenue in New York City in 1922 in a pair of bright yellow silk pajamas, walking four cats in matching outfits.
I am Becky Lyn Rickman. I am a writer because I love words almost as much as I love the people in my life. I want to fill the world with magnificent words and then jump in and splash around in them. I live with Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy, my cats, but the only words they really love are "meat" and "gravy."