Joking with an attractive woman at the gym this afternoon re her developing “Amazonian” strength via her workout routine. She looked confused and told me the buff male trainer training us both was more of an “Amazon” than she was. It became clear she did not know what the word in that context meant, and she thought I referring to something big and powerful like “amazon.com”.
This is a health care worker who helps elderly people with physical rehab so it’s not like she’s uneducated. I’ve dated a few people in my life (including a few with Masters and Doctorates) whose worldly knowledge just fell right off a cliff beyond the tightly defined borders of their occupational education and whatever they picked up in college or high school. It was always awkward because anytime you used a metaphor or made joke there was the danger they would not understand it or it would make them frustrated.
Is this reference that abstract or is it something most people should know? Don’t want to be unfairly judgmental.