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    Re: Why do Canadians have such a think accent?

    Hahaha; I'm Canadian too and I tend to pronounce the word 'router' (as in wifi router) as 'router' but I do have one work colleague who insists on saying 'rooter'. I get a chuckle every time.

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    Re: Why do Canadians have such a think accent?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fahim Abdun-Nur View Post
    Hahaha; I'm Canadian too and I tend to pronounce the word 'router' (as in wifi router) as 'router' but I do have one work colleague who insists on saying 'rooter'. I get a chuckle every time.

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    I've never even thought of that pronunciation before I read your post.
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    Re: Why do Canadians have such a think accent?

    Is not 'rooter' the right way to pronounce that - or do you Johhny Foreigners say 'rowta' or something
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    Re: Why do Canadians have such a think accent?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fahim Abdun-Nur View Post
    Hahaha; I'm Canadian too and I tend to pronounce the word 'router' (as in wifi router) as 'router' but I do have one work colleague who insists on saying 'rooter'. I get a chuckle every time.

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    Re: Why do Canadians have such a think accent?

    Quote Originally Posted by Elfy View Post
    Is not 'rooter' the right way to pronounce that - or do you Johhny Foreigners say 'rowta' or something
    Depends what type of router, I suppose.

    I've always pronounced router as 'rooter' because it derives from the noun route, which is pronounced "root" in the UK. Whenever I hear an American pronouncing route as "rowt", for a moment I wonder why they're talking about a disorderly retreat.

    However, I pronounce router as 'rowta' because it derives from the verb rout (pronounced rowt) in the sense of "to hollow, scoop, or gouge out."

    So do Canadians distinguish between the two types of router?
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    Re: Why do Canadians have such a think accent?

    We mostly pronounce route as root, and router using the American pronunciation, in my part of the country, but from the Manitoba/Ontario border east, pronunciation can be all over the place.

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    Re: Why do Canadians have such a think accent?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fahim Abdun-Nur View Post
    Hahaha; I'm Canadian too and I tend to pronounce the word 'router' (as in wifi router) as 'router' but I do have one work colleague who insists on saying 'rooter'. I get a chuckle every time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by forrestcupp View Post
    I've never even thought of that pronunciation before I read your post.
    Most people I've heard over here (South Africa) refer to it as a 'rooter'.
    The same goes for something like route 66, we will call that root 66. Path taken from location A to B is a 'root'

    A "router" is something used for woodwork

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    Re: Why do Canadians have such a think accent?

    Quote Originally Posted by mips View Post
    Most people I've heard over here (South Africa) refer to it as a 'rooter'.
    The same goes for something like route 66, we will call that root 66. Path taken from location A to B is a 'root'

    A "router" is something used for woodwork
    For me, route is usually pronounced "rowt". But in the case of Route 66, it's "root" because that's how the name is famously pronounced. On the other hand, a long time ago, before they came out with the current rural mailing system in my state, they used to have what was called rural routes. In that case it was always pronounced rural "rowt", and I never once heard it pronounced "root" in that case. But other than famous proper names, I tend to always pronounce it "rowt". A root is something at the bottom of a tree or a stubborn weed.

    I've never once heard anyone pronounce router as "rooter". That reminds me of the Roto-Rooter drain cleaning service.
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    Re: Why do Canadians have such a think accent?

    Edmonton Alberta boy here (have been my whole life), and I am quite certain that I do not have any kind of an accent what so ever. However I am always getting bugged by my family and friends because I call traffic circles; round abouts. Sometimes I have been known to say "what are you on about?" or "aye"

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    Re: Why do Canadians have such a think accent?

    Always been a "rooter" to me


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