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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that thinks “Snow in August” is not just a catchy title for a Pete Hamilll book but a way of life here in the high country.

Well, maybe “Snow in July” is a little more appropriate, as you can see by the photo on this page from Alert Reader Shawn Quirk, who found mid-winter conditions up on Vail Pass on Monday.

Seems like time to pass on this public-service announcement: Winter is coming. Truckers do you have your chains?


Speaking of truckers, we hope that Leigh Girvin, our local ad-hoc English-usage editor who gave us grief for the “loose” vs. “lose” confusion in our pages, took note of the sign up on Vail Pass shown on this page from Bill Linfield.

The Town of Silverthorne’s eagle-eyed public-works director caught this unfortunate homophone, which goes to show that there’s nothing better than a good copy editor.


Speaking of language, this has us reminded of an interesting story published in one of the science magazines recently that indicated that humans construct verbal languages one way, but non-verbal language entirely different.

The gist of the story, as we understand it, was that in English and most other languages, we typically speak and write in the subject-verb-object order: I open the door.

But if you were trying to explain this to someone who didn’t understand your language and were resorting to pantomimes, humans typically change the order to subject-object-verb: I the door open.

Of course, we here at Summit Up World HQ prefer the time-tested American way of communicating with foreigners who don’t understand our language: Simply raise your voice and talk real slowly. It works about as effectively with deaf people, too.


It’s Wednesday, and we’re out conjugating, which isn’t nearly as much fun as it sounds.

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