Pathing used to mean the same as paving, as in ‘pathing the way’, is new to me. See image below of its use in today’s online City A.M.
I’m going to be cantankerous. I don’t like it, and I can’t see why pathe it’s being used to replace pave. Yes, I know we have bath and bathe.
Pave is a lovely short verb. Examples of its use are, ‘the street was paved, ‘the builders are paving the drive’, ‘the leader paved the way’, and so on.
We don’t want to get into using, ‘streets pathed with gold’, or ‘the builders are pathing the drive’.
What will substituting path do to the word pavement – a path with a hard surface. Does it become a pathment. Ugly, horrible, and unnecessary. And so City A.M. please desist from using pathing as a trendy alternative to paving.