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Mea Culpa: paving yet another way up a crowded mountain

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What do you do with a route up a mountain? We had this headline this week: “Everest climbers try to forge new route as corpses and waste litter mountain.” I thought this was odd, because you don’t make a path on a mountain out of metal, but I couldn’t think of a verb that would be better.

In the report itself we talked of setting out to “carve” a new route to the top, which is possibly too literal. Another option would be something vague such as “make” or “establish”, so I decided “forge” was all right after all. It has a second meaning of pushing ahead, forging through a crowd (possibly a corruption of force, the Oxford dictionary speculates), which seems rather apt.

The best solution, of course,........

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