[Tagging] surface=ground/dirt/earth

ael law_ence.dev at ntlworld.com
Thu Mar 13 15:09:15 UTC 2014

On Thu, Mar 13, 2014 at 09:34:24AM +0000, jonathan wrote:
> Here's my take from an Englishman!
> While the term dirt road is used here, it is much rarer as all

>From another English person, I would say that "dirt" in British English
is understood to mean the substance which causes something to be "not
clean". That is it is much wider in meaning than soil or earth.  But it
is almost never used to mean soil or earth under your feet, although
that might be described as "dirty" or even "dirt" if telling a child to
avoid rolling in it.

However, maybe there are places where this is not true given Jonathan's
post, but whenever I hear it used that way, it has come from American
English. Of course, some American English reflects some old British
usage and dialects from a few centuries ago....

I tend to tag with "ground" where there are sections of soil (which
may be covered with vegetation for some parts of the year) and maybe be
rocky with sections of sand and gravel. I have just been mapping some
paths and tracks on Bodmin Moor which have all these characteristics
and no one tag seems really descriptive.


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