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Edit This Grammar Lesson: Rout vs. Route


Welcome to another Edit This® grammar lesson. In today's blog, let's discuss the difference between Rout vs. Route. Do you know when to use each one?


Most people might be saying, "I know. I know!!" And that's great! But Rout vs. Route are examples of homophones – words that sound the same but have different meanings and spellings – and they trip more people up than you think.

So, let's dive right in, shall we?

Rout without the "e" (pronounced ROWT) is typically used in sports to describe an overwhelming defeat. It can also be used to describe the act of running away or if something is in a state of confusion.


* This game turned into a rout.

* The game ended in a total rout.

* The flood routed people from their homes.

Route with the "e" (pronounced ROOT or ROWT) refers to a road, highway, or course of travel.


* We're on Route 66.

* He took the scenic route home.

* This route is the heaviest traveled.


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