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Intrigued as I was by your story about Scotland leading on renewable energy (NCE 15 July) it begs the question from a geologist or geotechnical engineer - 'If Scotland is the epicentre, fair enough, but where is the centre?'

What your introduction reflects is that, today, specialist word 'epicentre' has been hijacked and stripped of its technical role. It now just means smart-sounding 'centre'. Is anyone else saddened by this?

And are there any suggestions for a word we can now use?

Jon Balley (M), Littlecote, Two Dells Lane, Orchard Leigh, Chesham, Bucks HP5 3QZ

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