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Why is a Pitch a Pitch?

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Posted by: Kristin
June 09, 2004, 06:13 AM

World Wide Words, a column that looks at 'international English from a British viewpoint', answers this question:
Some of us in the US who have been exposed to the Harry Potter phenomenon wonder why a playing field is called a pitch in England, as in Quidditch pitch? Was it once made of pitch, or is it generally pitched at an angle, or what?

Click through for the explantion of the term, and our thanks to Doctor Cornelius for the link!

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