Everyone's not trying to be technically accurate all the time .... most people who don't have a particular sensitivity to it know what I mean.
Everyone knows where Peking and Bombay are, even though someone will object "Hey, they don't call them that any more!" You still know what I'm talking about.
And people ALWAYS say "The state of Virginia" when the legal name is "The Commonwealth of Virginia" and the word "state" doesn't appear in its charter.
But I ain't startin' no argument about it ...