Birds and the bees


Birds and the Bees


The idiom ‘Birds and the Bees’ is used to refer to a conversation about the basics of reproduction or sex education.


My parents had the ‘birds and the bees’ talk with me when I was 12.

My teacher gave us a lecture on the ‘birds and the bees’.


This phrase is believed to have originated in the early 20th century and is thought to be an allusion to the natural cycle of bees and birds mating and reproducing.


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