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A big black vehicle rumbles through the streets of the slum. Its battered exterior is encrusted with dust.

"Encrusted" means that water or oil has been combined with dust (or something) and then applied to an object and allowed to dry as a crust. So I think "encrusted with dust" has to be wrong, but "encrusted with mud" could work. Am I right?

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closed as off topic by MετάEd, Andrew Leach, Mitch, Kris, Kristina Lopez May 6 '13 at 17:26

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Off topic (proofreading request). Incidentally, the text is fine. –  MετάEd May 5 '13 at 19:35
    
The use of "encrusted" is not the issue with that. –  mattacular May 5 '13 at 20:53
    
Could just say 'dusty' if you want to keep the dust. Or 'grimy'. –  lessthanideal May 5 '13 at 21:24
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"Encrusted" does not require mixing anything with anything. Neither water nor oil (nor dust, for that matter) need to be included in the process of applying a crust to an object. You can encrust salmon with crushed macadamia nuts, and you can encrust a lamppost with partially melted English toffee, if you so desire. –  John M. Landsberg May 6 '13 at 6:08
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"means that water or oil has been combined" -- no. So voting close as NARQ. –  Kris May 6 '13 at 6:18

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According to Macmillan, "encrusted" means "covered with a hard layer of something."

Therefore it can be used as a reference to the dust covering the vehicle.

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