But sitting there on the Boulevard Péripérique (France's largest parking lot), I got to thinking about term in French for 'traffic jam': le bouchon. Literally: cork.
Also can mean: cap, lid, stopper, plug.
So I was reflecting on the lovely imagery of this word . . . a cork. Used to plug a bottle of wine. It can't go anywhere. It just has to wait. And age.
When I looked up the word to find other contexts in which it is used I found two expressions that I like:
Un bouchon de carafe (a big diamond . . . or as we American's say: a little bit of 'bling bling')
Tu pousses le bouchon un peu loin ('you're really pushing it' . . . I've been looking for a way to say that!)So there you have it. Langage lesson of the day.