[Tagging] surface=ground/dirt/earth

Philip Barnes phil at trigpoint.me.uk
Fri Mar 14 17:21:05 UTC 2014


On Fri, 2014-03-14 at 22:44 +0900, John Willis wrote:
> Since OSM uses British English, what word would you pair with road, as in "dirt road?"
> 
> Earthen road? 
> 
> Inquiring minds want to know. 

There is no usage of dirt road in the UK most, if not all, public roads
are hard surfaced (although the quality can vary).

I have certainly never heard the term Earthen Road, it is probably one
of those instances where we should adopt the American Dirt, like we use
sidewalk. Most Brits will be familiar the term from movies. I have
driven on dirt roads in Canada, we have nothing like that.

Phil (trigpoint)

> 
> J
> 
> Sent from my iPad
> 
> > 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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