homophones - What is the correct pronunciation of the word "route"?

  • jamesson

    I have always used both "root" as in route 66 and "rooter" as in the networking device. The latter has gotten me funny looks often, however I could not bring myself to accept the inconsistency. Today I heard "rowt" used for a path of movement by a radio presenter. Which is correct?

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  • mgb

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    Route as in Route66 is pronounced root.

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    A Router puts packets on a route and so is pronounced the same as the road, ie rooter.

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    A rout is a disorderly retreat. And a router does the same to wood chips, so is pronounced rowter

  • Hugo

    Both pronunciations are used in the US, but only root in the UK.

  • Karl Knechtel

    In my local dialect (Toronto, Canada), it is root for a roadway, and rowt (but that's very approximate; see Canadian raising ) for the act of specifying a path (and rowter for the computer networking device)

  • Barrie England

    In the UK, route is pronounced /ru:t/, rhyming with root. On the other hand, the pronunciation /raʊt/, rhyming with shout, is rout, meaning, among many other things, various kinds of gatherings of people (as a noun) and defeat (as a verb).

  • Holly Rayl

    It's a question of dialects. In the UK, it is pronounced as a homonym to root, as already been addressed. In America, it seems that those that pronounce it as a homonym to root are more concentrated on the east coast.

    Source: http://dialect.redlog.net/staticmaps/q_26.html

  • The Raven

    In my idiolect, a roadway is a "root," the communications device is a "rowter," and one "rowts" cables and things to where they need to go.

    Seems like the pronunciation indicates whether you mean noun or verb.

  • Julia

    Here in Virginia, route can be pronounced root or rowt, but a rowter is for computers, whereas rooter would refer only to your pig.

  • tchrist

    If you talking about a plant’s roots or the roots of your hair and so on, it should be the only time the “root” pronunciation is root is used.

    That’s because if you say “root” for route, it just confuses things and doesn't make any sense to me. A router is a router, said as it’s spelled.

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    What is the correct pronunciation of the word "Islam"?
  • Dia

    Some people pronounce the S in Islam as Z, and others pronounce it as S.

    Which is correct?

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  • RegDwigнt

    Looking at the other answers, I would like to intervene. Whatever the correct pronunciation in Arabic is, we are talking about English here. Merriam-Webster lists quite a few variations:

    \is-ˈläm, iz-, -ˈlam, ˈis-ˌ, ˈiz-ˌ\

    It also provides two audio recordings, one for /ɪsˈlɑːm/ and one for /ɪzˈlæm/.

    The Wiktionary says:


    • enPR: ĭs-läm', IPA: /ɪsˈlɑːm/, SAMPA: /Is"lA:m/
    • enPR: ĭz-läm', IPA: /ɪzˈlɑːm/, SAMPA: /Iz"lA:m/
    • enPR: ĭz'lăm, IPA: /ˈɪzlæm/, SAMPA: /"Izl{m/

    Again, with all due respect to other languages, we just don't pronounce matador the way it is pronounced in Spanish, sputnik the way it is pronounced in Russian, or kindergarten the way it is pronounced in German.

  • Dia

    Well, "Islam" (and consequently all words derived from it) is pronounced correctly with an S not a Z.

    And the importance of this distinction is that "Izlam" in Arabic means "getting dark", whereas "Islam" (with S) means "submission".

  • cindi

    If native English speaking Muslims (of whom there are many) favour 'Isslam', then this pronunciation has some authority. You are an authority on the pronunciation of your own religion, just as you are on the pronunciation of your own name.

    It would be interesting to know the Native English speaking Muslim pronunciation.

  • RegDwigнt

    Edit: the original pronunciation is something like "eeslahm", but the point is never pronounce it with a z.