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How do you pronounce "router"?

Postby donoreo » Fri Nov 16, 2007 5:26 pm

How do you pronounce router?

1. r out r
2. r oot r

I have only heard 1 until the other day when I heard rooter being used.
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RE: How do you pronounce "router"?

Postby M0PHP » Fri Nov 16, 2007 6:15 pm

Networking device - 2. But then I do speak proper English ;)

Wood tool - 1. :)
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RE: How do you pronounce "router"?

Postby towy71 » Fri Nov 16, 2007 6:38 pm

1 is a woodworkers tool
2 is a network device

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RE: How do you pronounce "router"?

Postby donoreo » Fri Nov 16, 2007 6:44 pm

Ignoring the Americans who pronounce many, many things in goofy, goofy ways :) In Canada both devices are pronounced router because that is how it is spelled, why on earth would one be rooter and one router? A router (network device) routes packets, not roots them (unless there is something wrong, then it might root them in the Australian meaning of the word ;) )
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RE: How do you pronounce "router"?

Postby wyliecoyoteuk » Fri Nov 16, 2007 8:21 pm

If you delve into the depths of the start up, you will find a message that says
rRoute me harder.
So a woodworking device is probably correct. :-)
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RE: How do you pronounce "router"?

Postby towy71 » Fri Nov 16, 2007 9:00 pm

some one from the northeast of England, a Canadian and a Brummie discussing pronunciation.... eek

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Re: RE: How do you pronounce "router"?

Postby spottedcat » Fri Nov 16, 2007 9:30 pm

donoreo wrote:why on earth would one be rooter and one router?


I think I may have an explanation, courtesy of my New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, shorter because it *only* consists of two hernia-inducing volumes. :( In fact the British pronunciations have a logic to them - the etymology is different.

Router (as in networking) derives from 'route' in the sense of a 'way, road, or course of travel or passage from one place to another'. In Blighty, route is pronounced 'root', because the word is derived from the French, and that's how they pronounce it. (I think.) Check it out next time you're in Quebec, donoreo. :)

Router (as in woodworking tool) is derived from the verb rout, meaning 'scoop out, cut a groove...' - both pronounced the 'American' way. Interestingly, my dictionary tells me that the verb rout in this sense is a variant of the verb root, and guess how that is pronounced? :?

But not to be confused with rout, meaning 'to retreat in disorder...', which produces a third noun 'router' (pronounced router :P), meaning 'a person who takes part in a rout, a rioter'.

Clear? :wink:
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RE: Re: RE: How do you pronounce "router"?

Postby spottedcat » Fri Nov 16, 2007 9:39 pm

Oh, hang on, just found about half-a-dozen more entries for the word 'rout', some of which have several meanings. They were in the previous column. I should imagine you could make 'router' from most or all of them. I'm not going to type the whole lot out, but here's a sample:

A company, band, or troop of people.
A flock or herd of animals.
A disorderly... crowd of people.
A large evening party or reception. :shock:
Snore
Rush, dash.
Of a cow: bellow, roar.
Discomfiture of an army.

I like the last one - it sounds a bit pythonesque. We don't intend to win this battle, merely discomfit the enemy. :?
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RE: Re: RE: How do you pronounce "router"?

Postby towy71 » Fri Nov 16, 2007 10:01 pm

/me hands spottedcat some laxative chocolate :P
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Re: RE: Re: RE: How do you pronounce "router"?

Postby spottedcat » Fri Nov 16, 2007 10:09 pm

towy71 wrote:/me hands spottedcat some laxative chocolate :P


And that would lead to.. let me see... rout = 'frenzied exodus'. :)
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Re: RE: How do you pronounce "router"?

Postby wyliecoyoteuk » Fri Nov 16, 2007 11:34 pm

towy71 wrote:some one from the northeast of England, a Canadian and a Brummie discussing pronunciation.... eek

:lol: :lol: :lol:

Could be worse, it could include an american and a scot :-)
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Postby lok1950 » Fri Nov 16, 2007 11:54 pm

Blighty, route is pronounced 'root', because the word is derived from the French, and that's how they pronounce it. (I think.) Check it out next time you're in Quebec, donoreo. Smile


Depends on which part of Quebec :wink: there are French dialects you know

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Re: RE: How do you pronounce "router"?

Postby Ram » Sat Nov 17, 2007 10:05 am

wyliecoyoteuk wrote:
towy71 wrote:some one from the northeast of England, a Canadian and a Brummie discussing pronunciation.... eek

:lol: :lol: :lol:

Could be worse, it could include an american and a scot :-)



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RE: Re: RE: How do you pronounce "router"?

Postby donoreo » Sat Nov 17, 2007 12:58 pm

Here is the response I got from a forum closer to home:

2 is a device used to clean blockages out of toilets. (rooter)
1 is a networking device. (router)

Hey, I already made the American joke! As far a Quebec goes, they do not speak real French there, just ask someone from France ;)
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Postby lok1950 » Sat Nov 17, 2007 2:41 pm

As far a Quebec goes, they do not speak real French there, just ask someone from France Wink


It's French alright just 16th century French we still use several words that are considered archaic in modern French 200 yrs of isolation can do that.

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