Route, Root or Rout

English Vocabulary 10 December 2010 | 4 Comments

Someone asked me on my facebook account what the difference was between route, root and rout.  I thought I’d answer that question here.

Route – A route is a road or a highway. One day I’d like to travel on Route 66. Also, route could be a particular way one travels.  The mailman takes the same route every day.

Root – Root means to cheer someone on.  The cheerleaders rooted for the football players.
Root is also the bottom part of a plant that is under the ground.  The root of the plant soaks up the water.
Root beer is a type of soft drink that happens to be my favorite drink.  Even though ‘beer’ is in the word, it is not alcoholic.

Rout – Rout means a riot, huge defeat or a fight after a big defeat.

There are also a few other less used definitions for these words, but these are the most used, in my opinion.

4 Responses on “Route, Root or Rout”

  1. tetsuragon says:

    Thanks for mentioning that you w-rote 3 ro– words.

    We can see a can of coffee called “Roots” in the vending machine. I’m not sure the name whether it means to cheer up someone or the root of the plant.
    But actually, it’s a soft drink. LOL

  2. Greg Xu says:

    Route & Root also are computer vocabulary !

  3. Yvonne says:

    Good point Greg! The root directory is one I use quite often.

  4. Yvonne says:

    Interesting. We don’t have that coffee here. Maybe we do, but I don’t drink coffee. 🙂

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