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English Language When you say the phrase "en route", how do you pronounce it?

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 harold posted over a year ago
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harold picked ON ROOT
harold picked ON ROOT:
I crack up every time I think of it as "n rout": I'd never even imagined that someone would pronounce it that way until I heard it in a radio commercial a couple of weeks ago. I didn't understand the commercial at first because of it. When I finally figured it out, I had to pull over (I was driving) to be safe, I was laughing so hard. Before that, if someone had said to me, "Yeah, I'm n rout." I would have replied, "How do you do, N Rout?"

English is a great language for all the variety, isn't it?
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Ratdog picked ON ROOT
Ratdog picked ON ROOT:
I take French in school and so I say it like I'm taught to pronounce most French words. I have heard it said 'in route' before now and I was amazed that someone could think it was said like that.

In America, do people pronounce 'route' like a tree root or the other way that I can't figure out how to sound out in words?
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Cinders picked ON ROOT
Cinders picked ON ROOT:
My mother says "rowt" and I always say "root." I noticed this yesterday when she talked about the "route" we walked our dog, and I found it odd... Children normally adopt speech patterns from their parents. Then again, I pronounce a lot of things weird ("wrong" according to my parents) because I grew up in a bunch of different countries and I was surrounded by a bunch of different accents.

(Edited for phonetic clarification)
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Jennifer1985 picked ON ROOT
Jennifer1985 picked ON ROOT:
My family is spread all over the world so I speak German, English, French and some other languages. I pronounce words as they are pronounced in the respective language if there's i.e. French vocabulary adopted to the English language.
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harold picked ON ROOT
harold picked ON ROOT:
Ratdog, I wrote it as "N rout" because the English word "rout" sounds exactly the same for some people saying "route" (even though I pronounce it otherwise).

It's funny, though, to think of some common ways that things would change if pronounced differently. Songs, for instance: "Get your kicks...on rout...66..." It has to be said that this would seem totally normal to some people. I still find it hilarious.
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michael said:
I can't figure out what I say... someone (harold) will have to catch me saying it. I say "rout" normally for "Is Garmin's routing algorithm any good", but I say "root" for "I ran traceroute to the server". I've been saying "on root" "n root" "n rout" "on rout" to myself so many times the last few minutes, I can't tell if anything sounds right now.
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harold picked ON ROOT
harold picked ON ROOT:
Yeah, the presence of woodworking and networking tools complicates things a bit, doesn't it, michael? Though I usually hear people pronounce "traceroute" as trace rout. I suppose some people might say "I'm having problems with my Cisco rooter", but that just sounds ridiculous to me. The unspoken rule (for me) seems to be: root for roads, rout for tools.
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Neither. I say, "N ROOT".
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scoutblue21 picked ON ROOT
scoutblue21 picked ON ROOT:
Neither i say the German word cause i dont understand n rout or on root!!!
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marizzza picked N ROUT
marizzza picked N ROUT:
"en route" it`s french...so it`s "n route"
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harold picked ON ROOT
harold picked ON ROOT:
I was using English words to approximate the two different pronunciations, as Fanpop will not recognize the international phonetic alphabet (let alone most users). For the French pronunciation, I could also have written "ahn rhoot", but "on" and "root" are the two English words that sound the closest.
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polkadotty picked ON ROOT
polkadotty picked ON ROOT:
marizzza, the french pronounce 'en' like 'on'. not 'n' !
does the 'rout' mean it's pronounced 'rowt'? cos in england 'route' and 'root' are pronounced the same....
aaah! i'm getting myself confused!
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ShadowRocksxxx picked ON ROOT
ShadowRocksxxx picked ON ROOT:
the other way is wrong.
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Mongoose09 picked N ROUT
Mongoose09 picked N ROUT:
I know it's wrong but meh lol
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Straggy picked ON ROOT
Straggy picked ON ROOT:
When I first heard someone say "on rowt" instead of "on root" I lol'd so hard. Now it just irritates me. Stop saying it how it is spelt and say it how it is pronounced, kthx.
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fishypup picked ON ROOT
fishypup picked ON ROOT:
It bothers me to hear it pronounced any other way. ><
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LuvinLilNicki picked ON ROOT
LuvinLilNicki picked ON ROOT:
its the proper French way to say it!xx
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blackpanther666 picked ON ROOT
blackpanther666 picked ON ROOT:
This is ridiculous! I agree with what polkadotty said about 'en' being pronounced as 'on'. It is pronounced 'On root', because that is the correct way to pronounce it, or 'sounds it out'. In English, it is often that there's only right and wrong, no opinions... If we left the English language to opinions, we'd all be talking in 'Txt Language 24/7.
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