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Tuesday Word: Trampelpfad

tram·pel·pfad [ˈtʀampl̩ˌpfaːt]:
origin: German (gender: masculine); trampeln = “to trample” +‎ Pfad = “path”.

noun (plural)
As Robert Frost would've put it - "the road less traveled".

Trampelpfad is a charming descriptive for an unpaved, informal road or path -- in a previously pathless location -- created by frequent enough use to beat down the dirt and grass.

I can recall seeing many trampelpfads as a child, when the path suggested made less sense than a shortcut: parks, schools, playgrounds, forests, etc. They can be created by animals or people.

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