Anne and I were having dinner in a French restaurant last night, when I noticed a specialty cocktail on the menu that might appeal to her. "Which one?" she asked.
"The côté voiture."
"What does that mean?"
"Well, 'voiture' is car. Côté...Damn, I know that word. Aghh! What's that word? 'Something' car.."
Before I could come up with it, Anne started reading the ingredients..."Cognac, Grand Marnier, sugar...It's a sidecar!"
Of course: à côté means "next to." A year of studying French, and I come up empty, but my wife, who had one semester 40 years ago (but knows her mixology), comes up with the term! Needless to say, somewhat shaken and in need of a drink, I ordered one.