"Silicon" (geog.)

Joanne M. Despres jdespres at MERRIAM-WEBSTER.COM
Fri Jul 13 09:41:51 UTC 2001

This sort of reduction of compound geographical names strikes me
as not too unusual.  Offhand, "The Dominican" for "The Dominican
Republic" (sometimes heard on baseball broadcasts) and "The
States" for "The United States" spring to mind.

Joanne Despres

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