birds and bees

Boris Tatarenko

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Hello.

I have read news and I have found a strange sentence: The Chancellor and her colleagues don't need a lesson in the birds and the bees of statecraft, but they must appease the cries of domestic anti-American outrage.

What does "a leeson in the birds and the bees of statecraft" means?

Review & Outlook: Birds, Bees and NSA Spies - WSJ.com

Boris.
 

MikeNewYork

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Hello.

I have read news and I have found a strange sentence: The Chancellor and her colleagues don't need a lesson in the birds and the bees of statecraft, but they must appease the cries of domestic anti-American outrage.

What does "a leeson in the birds and the bees of statecraft" means?

Review & Outlook: Birds, Bees and NSA Spies - WSJ.com

Boris.

The "birds and the bees" is the talk that parents have with children about sex. In this use, it means "the fundamentals" or "the basics".
 

Tdol

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Is it used this way in AmE (fundamentals/basics)? It sounds odd to me.
 
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MikeNewYork

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Is it used this way in AmE (fundamentals/basics)? It sounds odd to me.

I've never seen it used that way. But I assumed it did not mean "sex".
 
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