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  1. #1
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    Jul 2007

    Meanings: congestion and traffic jam

    Could you please tell me a difference between meanings of the following words:
    - congection
    - traffic jam

    In what case is better to use each of them?

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    Uncle M is offline Member
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    Re: Meanings: congestion and traffic jam

    Congestion is a noun used generally for any sort of blockage: people in a crowd, a blocked up nose when you have a cold - all are forms of congestion.

    A traffic jam (jam = squashed together) applies only to motor vehicles that have come to a standstill for some reason: an accident, a narrow road etc.

    Oddly, people in the UK do sometimes use traffic jam to describe any sort of blockage or standstill, usually meaning pedestrian traffic, but sometimes meaning a lot of jobs waiting to be done by someone...

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