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TheEngineerGuy June 9th, 2018 8:45pm

How do you pronounce the word “route,” a way or course from point A to point B?

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Senate101 San Diego
06/09/18 10:07 pm

Depends on the day for me.

FacePalm That Trick Never Works
06/09/18 8:59 pm

Both depending on what I an referring to.

I find, or take, or map a generic “rowt”.

But in identifying a particular stretch of road - it is “Root” 66


katerina13 stuck in the middle
06/10/18 4:24 pm

Huh, you know, I do the same. Didn’t even realize it.

DoctorWasdarb Marxist Leninist Maoist
06/09/18 7:54 pm

I used to say rowt, but it comes from French, I have a hard time not wanting to pronounce it root. I pronounce it root when followed by a number, and in the expression en route (is that really an expression? It's not on route?), but sometimes when used elsewhere I slip up.

HammeringMan Gods Away On Business
06/09/18 5:19 pm

Tom Laney

Help! Zod m's comment sounds authoritative. I am tired of using both. Your thoughts.

katerina13 stuck in the middle
06/10/18 4:28 pm

I think there’s a 1 after his name...let’s try this.

TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
06/10/18 4:47 pm

Yes, there's a 1. I pronounce it "rout" except when I'm singing "Route 66." (Root). Let me check my sources...

TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
06/10/18 9:55 pm

Strangely, root is the #1 pronunciation and rout is the alternate. So I'll go with the experts!



AmericanWolf For the Benefit of All
06/09/18 4:19 pm

Root unless I'm saying "on route to ____" or using it as a verb.

xxxceo Nationalist
06/09/18 4:13 pm

I also say rad-iator instead of raid-iator, but I have a fading NJ accent.

Zod Above Pugetropolis
06/09/18 5:05 pm

I used to work at a place called an ARTCC, which stands for Air Route Traffic Control Center. They are also known as "enroute facilities". Not once have I ever heard them called either air rowt traffic control centers or enrowt facilities. I never offered revised rowting or changes in the rowt. Always root. The only time I routinely hear route pronounced rowt is in regard to the device between the modem and the switch, called a rowter. Except in England, where it actually is called a rooter. English English is funny.

HammeringMan Gods Away On Business
06/09/18 5:18 pm

OMG- that is perfect. Any future summer adventures will be on ROOT 66.

TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
06/10/18 10:00 pm

"The only time I routinely hear route pronounced rowt..."
ROFL. Read it out loud and you'll hear a longer word trying to muscle in on the controversy.
I love it, Zod, whether intentional or accidental! 😃

TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
06/10/18 11:31 pm

Dat's rowt, bro!

HammeringMan Gods Away On Business
06/11/18 7:28 am

Sorry Tom, you have to give Zod 2 Points and at least one G Star.


benseth 11,780 votes
06/09/18 3:08 pm

Rowt. I sometimes use root for proper names.

PeaceKeepaGirl advance democracy
06/09/18 2:54 pm

I think mostly root, but I've probably used rowt as well

Praetorianus Fair enough.
06/09/18 2:32 pm

I use the rowt pronunciation only in technology, for the device router, to route something.

orgblu10 Shamerica
06/09/18 2:10 pm

Rowt, unless we're talking about Root 66.