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    Another 'How do you pronounce this?' : Router

    I've been hearing conflicting pronounciations of the word 'router', you know, the little thing that looks like a hub but that also lets you share your Internet connection.

    Some people say 'rooter' (rhimes with rooster) while others say 'roawter' (rhimes with ouch), so which is it? I understand that there probably isn't a right or wrong answer, so I put a poll to see which is more popular.

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    I say router, with the ou taking the same sound as ouch. And it's rhymes, not rhimes btw.

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    Every English person is going to say it like "rooter."

    Sean

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    For me, it rhymes with ouch. I probably wouldn't know what someone is talking about if they said "rooter"

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    Originally posted by Anarchos
    And it's rhymes, not rhimes btw.
    Ooops, where's that darn spell checker, I miss it!

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    Originally posted by Aidan Bahta
    For me, it rhymes with ouch. I probably wouldn't know what someone is talking about if they said "rooter"
    It's definitely router that rhymes with "ouch". On a computer show on TechTV, they pronounce it that way. I doubt they'd say it wrong! But it does depend where you live.

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    haha roater rooter!!!

    it is a router....

    just ask yourself how you say route?

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    Roawter (rhimes with ouch) is a woodworking tool for cutting channels or rounding/shaping corners in wood.

    It should be rooter, derived from route{ru:t} where;
    r = run
    u: = oo as in coo
    t = town

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    Does it really matter, providing you know what it is?

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    I say row(ryhmes with wow)-ter (as in terrible).
    Now the way i say ouch (out-cha) it doesnt rhyme but it would with some ascents! That is what ive always heard it said as so thats just how i say it...
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    Originally posted by sowen
    Roawter (rhimes with ouch) is a woodworking tool for cutting channels or rounding/shaping corners in wood.

    It should be rooter, derived from route{ru:t} where;
    r = run
    u: = oo as in coo
    t = town
    What did I say about English people ?

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    What What old chap, tickati Boo.

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    Originally posted by Hartmann
    it is a router....

    just ask yourself how you say route?
    That's just it, some people say root while others say roawt. Those who speak French or who have been arround French people probably say root since that is how you say it in french (and if I'm not mistaken that's where the word comes from).

    Just did a checkup, it is French, according to www.webster.com :
    Pronunciation: 'rüt, 'raut
    Etymology: Middle English, from Old French

    You can listen to it on webster's site and the voice says root.


    Originally posted by sowen
    Roawter (rhimes with ouch) is a woodworking tool for cutting channels or rounding/shaping corners in wood.
    You're right, according to the voice on webster.com, router - a machine with a revolving vertical spindle and cutter for milling out the surface of wood or metal - is pronounced roawter, while router - one that routes (closest I could find to what the box actually does) - is pronounced rooter.


    It's 50-50 (8 to 8) at the time of this post though, so it's not so it's so clear.

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    Originally posted by sowen
    What What old chap, tickati Boo.
    Jolly good weather just latey old chap

    Sean

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    But think of it this way.... "I am going down a specific route."
    How do you say "route" in that sentence? Depending on where you are from it should sound like rowt[e]. Considering routers send packets on certain routes you would think it would be pronounced the same....

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    Originally posted by Hartmann
    But think of it this way.... "I am going down a specific route."
    How do you say "route" in that sentence? Depending on where you are from it should sound like rowt[e]. Considering routers send packets on certain routes you would think it would be pronounced the same....
    According to www.webster.com, route - road, path, channel in which you navigate/travel - is pronounced root, and not rowt. If you read it in English you'd think that it was rowt, but the word route is actually a French word that was picked up by the English language.

    Route, in French, is pronounced root. The French word for highway, autoroute, is pronounced oh-toh-root. Auto route in English is pronounced ah-toh-root, and not ah-toh-rowt.

    Rowter is actually winning in the poll though, 13 to 8!

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    Thanks for pointing that out dominique.... I guess I say it like that cause I am a Texas cowboy

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    I have never ever ever heard it called a rooter (isnt that what plumbers do?) I have friends whoi are Cisco certified and pronounce them as Routers (as in ouch).

    Of course it could be dependent on your location, but where was the router invented?

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    Originally posted by mad-onion
    I say row(ryhmes with wow)-ter (as in terrible).
    Now the way i say ouch (out-cha) it doesnt rhyme but it would with some ascents! That is what ive always heard it said as so thats just how i say it...
    i met some kiwis that pronounced fish as "feesh"...it's interesting how things are pronounced differently around the world. i don't think there is a wrong or right, as long as you have a clue as to what the other person is talking about.
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    Since people are looking up the word "ROUTE" in the dictionary, why not look up the word "ROUTER" instead?

    Let's take a look see:

    rout·er2 (rooter, rou-)

    NOTE: oo has the long syllable dash over it and the E is a schwa. Couldnt figure out the ASCII code for those.


    n.
    One that routes, especially one who prepares shipments for distribution and delivery.
    Computer Science. A device in a network that handles message transfer between computers.
    Computer Science. See gateway.
    Then there is this definition:

    <networking> /roo't*/ A device which forwards packets between networks. The forwarding decision is based on network layer information and routing tables, often constructed by routing protocols.

    Hmmm....


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