[Tagging] surface=ground/dirt/earth

John Willis johnw at mac.com
Fri Mar 14 13:44:45 UTC 2014

Since OSM uses British English, what word would you pair with road, as in "dirt road?"

Earthen road? 

Inquiring minds want to know. 


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> On Mar 14, 2014, at 10:18 PM, John Sturdy <jcg.sturdy at gmail.com> wrote:
>> 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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