[Tagging] surface=ground/dirt/earth

John Sturdy jcg.sturdy at gmail.com
Fri Mar 14 13:18:04 UTC 2014


On Thu, Mar 13, 2014 at 3:09 PM, ael <law_ence.dev at ntlworld.com> wrote:
> 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.

Agreed --- I think of "dirt" in this sense as the American English
equivalent of what in British English is usually called "earth" or
"soil".

__John (native British English speaker)



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