Asked • 03/18/19

What word do Americans use for dirt?

I'm aware that in America the word "dirt" is a synonym/replacement for earth/soil/peat/turf.etc whereas in the UK "dirt" would typically refer to uncleanliness, detritus, and granular rubbish (i.e. too small to pick up by hand). You wouldn't say your garden was full of dirt in the UK. What word do Americans use to refer to the type of granular rubbish that is typically referred to by the UK use of the word "dirt", unless "dirt" fills both uses in America? After all, "dirty" seems to mean the same thing, either side of the Atlantic.

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Jocelyn C. answered • 05/28/19

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