Letter: Iconic trash

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Iconic trash

Sir: Surely my fellow Apple Mac users can find something more important to get worked up about than the use of "Trash" instead of "Wastebasket" ("English is trashed by US computers", 16 November). British English is full of words once scorned as Americanisms, including blizzard, graveyard, hindsight, lengthy, notify, telephone, stay put and shut down. Besides, the icon concerned isn't a waste-paper basket at all, but a galvanised dustbin of kind not seen in British streets for years.


St Andrews, Fife