heap of earth/dirt/soil


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Here is a joke from an English learning book:

Amy's pet fish died. She was burying the cat in a garden. A neighbor came by and saw the half filled hole, and said:"Amy, the hole is a bit too big for a cat, isn't it?". Amy patted down the last heap of earth, and replied:"That's because it's inside your cat."

I wonder if it's correct if I use "dirt" or "soil" here to replace "earth".

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    American English
    You can use any of the three, although I like "earth" best.

    And you really need a new joke book -- yours doesn't make lot of sense. Here's a version from eBaum's World:

    Little Tim was in the garden filling in a hole when his neighbor peered over the fence. Interested in what the cheeky-faced youngster was up to, he politely asked, "What are you up to there, Tim?"

    "My goldfish died," replied Tim tearfully, without looking up, "and I've just buried him."

    The neighbor was concerned, "That's an awfully big hole for a goldfish, isn't it?"

    Tim patted down the last heap of earth then replied, "That's because he's inside your stupid cat."
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