I have heard this term used a lot recently. In the UK I often heard “separated by a common language”.
Recently the “lost in translation” point was used by one team trying to interpret the emails and Chatter posts of another team as they tried to work through an issue electronically – and unsuccessfully. A team member picked up the phone and even with a language barrier they found out that there was no issue – both teams were on the same page.
The phone and video conference. Magic old fashioned devices that solves so many problems so quickly …..