[Tagging] "Feature Proposal - RFC - Qanat"

Paul Allen pla16021 at gmail.com
Sat Jun 20 13:40:10 UTC 2020


On Sat, 20 Jun 2020 at 14:31, Christoph Hormann <osm at imagico.de> wrote:

> > loan words.  Qanat IS a word that appears in English dictionaries and it
> IS
> > the British English name for such structures.
>
> That might be the case here - but only because English speakers have
> started communicating about this kind of thing using that term quite a long
> time ago.  This is not the case for elements of the geography outside of
> English speaking countries that English speakers have no broad awareness of
> (of which there are plenty).
>

Yeah, but Britain imposed its imperial colonialism upon much of the world,
so
we've been using local words for a lot of geographical features for a long
time.

As for terms we don't already know, the tendency in English would be to
adopt
the local word if we found a need to refer to it.

A bigger problem, I think, is a tendency

>
> > We should definitely map things that do not physically occur in
> > English-speaking parts of the world.  But we should use the British
> English
> > name (which may or may not have been derived from the local name) to tag
> > them.
>
> That would mean giving up on the goal of creating the best map of the
> world through collection of local knowledge of the geography and replacing
> it with the goal of creating a map of the world as it is perceived my
> English speakers.
>
> --
> Christoph Hormann
> Imagico.de Geovisualisierungen
> http://services.imagico.de
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