[Tagging] As the crow flies

Jo winfixit at gmail.com
Fri Feb 22 22:45:36 UTC 2013

pad is Dutch for path. (It also means toad in Dutch, but that is, of
course, unrelated)

In English I only knew pad as something to jot on. Like a notepad.

Maybe you should add those other meanings to Wiktionary.org,


2013/2/22 Steve Bennett <stevagewp at gmail.com>

> On Sat, Feb 23, 2013 at 3:29 AM, John F. Eldredge <john at jfeldredge.com>
> wrote:
> > Footpath, not footpad.  A footpad is a type of robber.  If I saw a path
> marked as highway=footpad, it would suggest that the path is through a
> high-crime area, and you are likely to be mugged.
> Hmm, it must be a fairly uncommonly used Australian term.
> http://www.mthotham.com.au/mountain/summer/bushwalking_trails/
> http://rollick.com.au/2012/the-australian-alps-walking-track/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-australian-alps-walking-track
> Search for 'pad' in those pages. It has the meaning of an
> unmaintained, low usage walking track with a natural surface - whereas
> "footpath" implies much more maintenance, use of gravel etc.
> But yeah. Not a good word for an OSM tag if it's so obscure.
> Steve
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