According to the
New Yorker Magazine, it was first used by the
Saturday Evening Post in 1910 (referring to the New York version of the
problem); the British word for it, blockage,
was considered to be too civil-sounding; what word is it?
Etymology, Etymology, and more Etymology
as well as grammar, usage, euphemism, slang, jargon, semantics, linguistics, neologism, idiom, cant, and argot.
The critically-acclaimed board game
consists of tough questions about the nuances of the English language.
As in traffic
jam, to describe automotive congestion. The British word was a
holdover from horse-and-carriage days - and it didn't convey the proper sense
of smoke and oil.
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