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Lexical Leavings

by Tom Gally



Changes in society are sometimes slow to be reflected in dictionaries. While the Encyclopedia Britannica notes that "[b]y the late 1970s and early '80s, the steel industry [in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania] had virtually disappeared--a result of foreign competition and decreased demand," at least two recently published English-Japanese dictionaries haven't heard the news yet:
Pittsburgh
ピッツバーグ(米国Pennsylvania州の鉄工業都市).

Pittsburgh
ピッツバーグ(米国Pennsylvania州の鉄鋼業都市).
A recent English-English dictionary needs updating, too:
Pittsburgh
a city in the US in south-western Pennsylvania; a port where the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers converge to form the Ohio; steel industry. Pop 369 879 (1990).
(February 16, 2003)