where did the expression busy as forty bees in a tarbucket originate
According to my sources, it's a phrase from East Alabama.
Hope that helps!
My mom from Indiana used it all the time.
Hi there Lucas!
Thank you for taking the time to comment.
I love getting feedback from folks.
I found this particular phrase in an American dialect book from the 1910s.
Unfortunately, I have no idea how long it was in use before that time.
But I love to hear that it's travelled!
My Mama in Georgia said "Busy as bees in a tar bucket" often about people over doing things especially shopping or mowing too often. A lot of things done and purchases are unnecessary and profit little. Sometimes less is more. Don't overdo it. Along this line the Bible says "Be still and know that I am God."
Thank you for your comment Nic. (Sorry for the delay in replying. Life happens!)
It seems that the tar-bucket has been busy! :)
Sorry, that was bad!
I appreciate you passing on how it was used by your mama.
I get the majority of my information from books, which is no way near as good as actual everyday usage.
So thank you again.
My mom, born in 1923 in south Georgia, used it frequently when referring to how busy someone was.