According to “Labor of Love: The Invention of Dating” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), a sprawling new history by Moira Weigel, the first female daters faced exactly that — mistaken, in their quest for love, for prostitutes.
As with concepts like the “teenager” and “middle-class,” dating is an historically recent invention, spurred by an influx of women into the big cities seeking work around the turn of the 20th Century.
Or, alternatively, shout ) In related bee-talk, say something is "none of your beeswax" when someone who is not the bee's knees is butting into your beeswax. From World Wide Words, "It’s sometimes explained as being from an Italian-American way of saying business or that it’s properly Bs and Es, an abbreviation for be-alls and end-alls. Bee’s knees is actually one of a set of nonsense catchphrases from 1920s America, the period of the flappers, speakeasies, feather boas and the Charleston." (Other such phrases: "elephant’s adenoids, cat’s miaow, ant’s pants, tiger’s spots, bullfrog’s beard, elephant’s instep, caterpillar’s kimono, turtle’s neck, duck’s quack, duck’s nuts, monkey’s eyebrows, gnat’s elbows, oyster’s earrings, snake’s hips, kipper’s knickers, elephant’s manicure, clam’s garter, eel’s ankle, leopard’s stripes, tadpole’s teddies, sardine’s whiskers, canary’s tusks, pig’s wings, cuckoo’s chin, and butterfly’s book.") "Cheese it; it's the fuzz! To know one's beeswax; to know what someone's talking about.
Move your getaway sticks or you'll end up in the cooler."Hotsy-totsy.
Even worst, if you search books set in the 1920s, you’ll find a whole host of stories telling the erotic exploits of young flappers. I’m not saying courtship and sexual life didn’t change hugely in the 1920s, especially for women. But the ways and the magnitude is often misunderstood by the casual reader.