I’ll admit that I sometimes speak in a rather singular manner, interjecting accents, words and phrases from countless sources, yet sometimes there are things I’d think most everyone would get - especially by context.
I was offered some simply splendid cake from the break room this morning and as I left I told the baker - a middle-aged woman who is an ad/sales rep who many years ago was a school teacher, “That cake was the bee’s knees.”
She not only hadn’t heard the phrase before, despite it’s use since about the 1920s, but apparently didn’t realize from context it meant ‘good’.
Anyone else run into situations like this with what you think are phrases in the common collective? How about phrases you use or know others use that really are rare gems?