[Tagging] As the crow flies

John F. Eldredge john at jfeldredge.com
Sat Feb 23 13:34:41 UTC 2013

ael <law_ence.dev at ntlworld.com> wrote:

> On Sat, Feb 23, 2013 at 09:37:13AM +1100, Steve Bennett wrote:
> > 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.
> As a uk native speaker, footpad is an old term for
> "A highwayman or robber on foot."
> as at least one dictionary has it. And that is the normal
> understanding
> in the uk.
> ael
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This UK meaning of "footpad" is the only one that I, as an American, was familiar with.  I had come across it in older books.

John F. Eldredge -- john at jfeldredge.com
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