I was idly reading wow.com this afternoon and found a reference to one of my favorite Eddie Izzard sketches: “Covered in bees”. It’s a line I use often to reflect a mood of ambivolence for an obviously odd action, an expression of: “Yes I know there is a big pink elephant in the middle of the room. I’m ignoring it. I’m covered in bees!” It got me thinking about the trending of this phrase as I assume that many other people have also used it and probably have also invented their own contexts. Urban dictionary say:
“Said by the masterful comedian Eddie Izzard, in his set ‘Glorious,’ to describe what a beekeeper must occassionally say when he freaks out and realizes that he is in fact covered in bees. Great line to quote at random times when surrounded by a lot of people.”
I therefore conclude that my fondness for the phrase has yet to reach pet rock levels of appeal with the social media crowd. I’ll have to see what I can do to change that.