Important Discussion for Computer Technicians

This post is about a very serious issue and I have to call upon all computer technicians to help us out with it. Its is big question that has been plaguing computer technicians all across the globe…

…Is it bus route (pronounced root) and internet router (rooter)?

…or is it bus route (row-t) and internet router (row-ter)?

It seems people from different countries say it either one way or the other; with some countries even using both. Leave us a comment on this post and let us know your location and pronunciation.


Location: London, United Kingdom
Bus: Root
Internet: Rooter

I’m really curious to see the results. Be sure to leave your city in the location as there may even be differences within a single country. If you are from a country other than the UK or the US, I especially want to hear from you.

Bryce Whitty

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Bryce is an Australian computer technician and the founder of Technibble. He started his computer repair business when he was 17 years old and is still running it 9 years later. He is an avid traveller and spends at least a month of the year in another country.

Comments (72)

  • Bryce W says:

    Ill kick it off.

    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    Bus: Root
    Internet: Row-ter

  • Reliant says:

    Location: Akron, Ohio USA
    Most around here pronounce it as row-t and internet Rowter.

  • BCarderMA says:

    Here it is “rowt” and “router”
    I guess you could say “rowtah” here… hehe

    Boston, MA

  • Colin Bowen says:

    Location: Essex, UK
    Bus: Root
    Internet: rooter

    A ‘rowter’ is what carves grooves in wood. I know what ‘rooter’ means in Australia :-)

  • Keck says:

    we have a plumbing co call roto rooter, but i would go nutz to here it called a rooter

  • Patrick says:

    It’s pronounced “rowt-er”.

    Altanta, GA. Originally from NJ. I also worked for CDW tech support and supported “rowt-ers” for people all over the country and never heard it pronounced “rooter” from anyone but my mother and maybe Canadians (what’s that all aboot?).

  • Dan Geiser says:

    Location: Columbus, Ohio, USA

    Bus: rowt
    Internet: rowter

    Also, around here “route” can be pronounced “root” when you are referring to a specific road like Route 23 (aka “root 23″).

  • Richard says:

    In the US one pronounces Nokia as “No kia” in Europe they say “Nok ia”


    You say eether and I say eyether,
    You say neether and I say nyther;
    Eether, eyether, neether, nyther,
    Let’s call the whole thing off!
    You like potato and I like potahto,
    You like tomato and I like tomahto;
    Potato, potahto, tomato, tomahto!
    Let’s call the whole thing off!
    But oh! If we call the whole thing off,
    Then we must part.
    And oh! If we ever part,
    Then that might break my heart!
    So, if you like pajamas and I like pajahmas,
    I’ll wear pajamas and give up pajahmas.
    For we know we need each other,
    So we better call the calling off off.
    Let’s call the whole thing off!

    You say laughter and I say lawfter,
    You say after and I say awfter;
    Laughter, lawfter, after, awfter,
    Let’s call the whole thing off!
    You like vanilla and I like vanella,
    You, sa’s’parilla and I sa’s’parella;
    Vanilla, vanella, Choc’late, strawb’ry!
    Let’s call the whole thing off!
    But oh! If we call the whole thing off,
    Then we must part.
    And oh! If we ever part,
    Then that might break my heart!
    So, if you go for oysters and I go for ersters
    I’ll order oysters and cancel the ersters.
    For we know we need each other,
    So we better call the calling off off!
    Let’s call the whole thing off!

  • Brandon Sanchez says:

    Location: Orlando, FL. US
    Bus: Row-t
    Internet: Row-ter

  • Jonathan says:

    Location: Hamilton, Georgia, USA
    Bus: Row-t
    Internet: Row-ter

  • Heriberto t. says:


    bus: rah oo te
    internet: rah oo ter

  • Cate Eales says:

    Location: Kelowna, BC (Canada)
    Bus: Rowt
    Internet: Rowter

    Full disclosure: I am an American living in Canada. You shouldn’t look to me as an authority on pronunciation here. I am still thrashing with “Shed-yule,” “Bat-tree,” and “Paaaa-sta.”

  • Majestic says:


  • N Grace says:

    Location: London UK

    I thinks its only rooter in the UK but what really matters is you get it working and tidy the the mess your client has made of the install

  • Born and raised in the Detroit area. It’s “bus rowt,” and “rowt-er.”

  • netadmin says:

    Location: Georgetown, Guyana
    Bus: Root
    Internet: Row-ter

  • mh348 says:

    Location: NW, South Africa
    Bus: Root
    Internet: rooter

  • quantumdrift says:

    Location: Phoenix, Arizona USA
    Bus: I hear both regularly and both seem correct to me although I use rowt
    Internet: Rowt, it’s how I have always pronounced it and have never heard it said any other way

  • Linda P says:

    Kamiah, Idaho, US
    Bus: Row-t
    Internet: Row-ter

  • Dmerriman says:

    Location: Tucson, Arizona USA
    Bus: Rowt
    Internet: Rowt-er

  • Houssam says:

    Vancouver, Canada

    Bus: Row-t
    Internet: Row-ter

  • capthookss says:

    Location: Redding, California, USA
    Bus: Row-t
    Internet: Rowt-er

  • Digga says:

    Location: Brighton, United Kingdom
    Bus: Root
    Internet: Rooter

    Wood cutter: Rowt-er

  • Jason Porter says:

    Well, this is interesting…In my house we say it two different ways…as I am from Mississippi and my wife, a Brit from Crawley England. It’s a constant “battle” of wits over who’s right LOL.

    Meridian Mississippi
    Bus: Rowt (another dialect – Rai-yowt)
    Internet: Row-t (another dialect – Rai-yowtah)

    Crawley, England
    Bus: Root
    Internet: Rootah

  • Bill Schubert says:

    Georgetown, Texas (but from all over the U.S.)

    Here’s the thing in the U.S. There’s a very famous road here Route 66. One CAN NOT say Rowt 66. It would be sacrilege. It is and always be Root 66. Ergo it is a bus Root.

    And I would not recognize the topic if someone brought up a rooter in a networking discussion.

    Unless they were Canadian, of course.

  • Cec Britton says:

    I’ve lived all over the US, now live in Arizona and have never heard anything except “Rowt and Rowter.” Occasionally you do hear a highway like Route 66 referred to as Root 66.

  • Vince says:

    San Francisco Bay Area
    I’ve never heard it called anything but “rowt” and “rowter”. That’s how I was taught in my network class in college anyway.

  • Xander says:

    Location: Niagara region, Canada
    Bus: Rowt
    Internet: Row-ter
    Highway: Root 66

    I may not be indicative to the region as I’ve travel led abroad for a few years.

  • GuitarBuster says:

    Fot Wuth, Texas, y’all
    Rowt and Rowter except for ‘get your kicks on root 66′

  • Ron says:

    Since a router (route+r) routes traffic, it’s pronounced router.

  • Jim says:

    In New York
    we pronounce Route as \ˈrüt\ like root from the ground though this is such a melting pot I often hear \ˈraut\.
    but a router, whether the woodworking tool or the network device is \ˈrau-tər\.

  • AbesBro says:

    Tel Aviv

    No one gives a damn about what u call it
    Just make sure it works

  • Nathan H says:

    Location: Newcastle, United Kingdom
    Bus: Roooot
    Internet: Rooooter

    being a geordie (Someone from Newcastle, United Kingdom) we tend to enphasise the ooo sound…

  • Kiwi Down Under (New Zealand)

    router (row-ter)
    n. person or thing that routes; hardware device which directs messages across a network to their correct destination (Computers); any of several power tools used to hollow out or furrow into a material

    A router is a device that extracts the destination of a packet it receives, selects the best path to that destination, and forwards data packets to the next device along this path. They connect networks together; a LAN to a WAN for example, to access the Internet.

    rooter (roo-ter)
    n. person or thing that roots; one who applauds, one who cheers

    rooter (m)
    n. heavy plough, trenching plough

    One who, or that which, roots; one that tears up by the roots.

  • JRoss says:

    BC Canada

    Bus: I hear both root and rowt
    Internet: Definitely rowter, even when I say rooter it makes me laugh. Around here, a pig is a rooter.

  • Norine says:

    Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA

    Route: Both Root and Row-t used
    Router: Always Row-ter

  • Kye says:

    Brunei Darussalam

    Route: Root
    Router: Row-ter

  • Tony says:

    Harsewinkel Germany

    I am English liviing and working here in Germany.
    Being English I pronounce both as “Root” and “Rooter”. A “Rowter” as someone correctly said is a woodworking implement. But thats Queens English and not “Amerienglish”;-))

    The Germans and most of Europe pronounce it as “Rooter” too.
    Great thread!

  • Dave says:

    Sacramento, CA
    Bus: Root
    Internet: Row-ter

    That’s what most of us say here.

  • Shane says:


    Bus: Root
    Internet: Rowter

  • Dan says:

    rowt and rowter from california

  • Mike says:

    Quebec, Canada

    Bus: Root
    Internet: Rooter

    But I’m a french speaker so this may not be right altough I found this site telling me I am right :D

  • l337 says:

    Location: NSW, Australia
    Bus: Root
    Internet: Row-ter

  • Gary says:

    “Rowt” and “Rowter” in Illinois (No noise in “Illinoy”)

  • lonagcio says:

    greenville, ms



  • I’m in New Jersey, USA

    Bus Ra-out
    Internet Ra-out-er

  • Doctor Micro says:

    USA – California

    Bus: Root
    Internet: Ra-out-er

    or as some of my clients say, that blinky light thing with the wires coming out of it.

  • Phylis Sohical says:

    Bus – Root, eh.
    Internet _ Rowter, eh.

  • abe says:

    as my bro from tel aviv said who cares what its called get it to work

    that said i’m confused i was born in london, england moved to manchester, england and then to new york, usa all i can say in my best hackney accent ( i was born in hackney i’m a gunner) they ain’t know nothing how to talk in bloody new york.

  • Ake Hjalmarsson says:


    Most of us say “rowt” and “rowt-er”.

  • Greg Anastasi says:

    Location: Adelaide, Australia
    Bus: Rowt
    Internet: Row-ter
    Wood: Row-ter
    Tree: Root

  • Dale Stewart says:

    Cornwall, Canada.
    Bus: Root
    Internet: Row-ter

  • Wolfster says:

    Location: Salem, NJ. US
    Bus: Row-t
    Internet: Row-ter

  • Hank says:

    Location: Nashville, TN
    Route: “rowt”
    Router: “rowter”

    I believe the technically correct way is root it just doesn’t sound right. I would say that it has become commonly accepted mispronunciation.

  • jay c says:

    Location: Brenham, Texas
    Bus: rowt
    Internet: rowder

  • Los Angeles, California

    Bus: Root
    Internet: Rowter

  • Andrew says:

    Starkville, Mississippi, USA

    Bus: root (we never use this, though)
    Internet: rowder

  • Mike says:

    Bus: Root
    Internet: Rooter
    A Row-ter is what you shape wood with.

  • Phoenix says:

    Location: Canada; Born & Bred in Winnipeg, Manitoba (Home of Winnie The Pooh), moved to Northwestern Ontario (Dryden) a year or so ago.

    Bus: Both Root & Rowt are used (eg. bus root, paper rowt, Root 66, etc).

    Internet: Rowter, unless you mean the internet news reuter then it’s rooter.

    “A ‘rowter’ by any other name,
    Would still ‘rowt’ as sweet,
    ………..As long as it knows how to ‘root’.”

  • ThermoPenguin says:

    Location: St. Louis, MO (USA)
    Route: Both Root and Row-t used
    Router: Always Row-ter

  • Nick says:

    Location: All over South Carolina and all over the world before that.
    Route: Root 66, just like the song
    Router: Row-ter, just like the woodworking tool.

  • Rob says:

    Worcester, UK
    Route: Root
    Router: Root-er

    How ive always been tuaght, and Rowt just sounds odd to me

  • Stu says:

    Here in UK the majority of people I would say pronounce both words “root”. I do notice that posh plummy-voiced types sometimes call a rooter a row-ter.

    I always thought the “row” way of pronouncing things was just the American way of doing it.

  • English says:

    Stop saying its pronounced Row-ter. NO ONE pronounces it that way, you’re trying to phonetically spell it all wrong.

    Anyone that doesn’t know what the issue here is will have no idea what your trying to say. They will assume that your trying to say that you pronounce router like “row your boat” row-ter.

    Most of you (I assume) are trying to say that its pronounced:

    “Rau-ter” (You keep writing Row-ter)

    (Legitimate phonetics: /’rautər/ )

    And for you UK’s “Ru-ter” (You keep writing Root-er)

    (Legitimate phonetics: /’ru:tər/ )

    If you don’t know how to spell something phonetically PLEASE don’t make up the spelling!

    People generally can understand your meaning behind misspelled words but misspelled phonetics ARE NOT THE SAME. They MUST be formatted correctly or the entire thing is completely pointless.

    Shame on the article author for making me write this.

  • CW says:

    @ English

    This is my VERY first time seeing someone correct another netizen’s PHONETIC spelling. It’s bad enough putting up with the pedants who insist on correcting people’s everyday spelling. You’re certain to win the “Uber-Pedant of the Year Award”. I’ll definitely vote for you. You must be chuffed.

    By the way, if one doesn’t know the phonetic spelling of a word how is one to convey their meaning in text WITHOUT resorting to making it up?

    As for Bryce’s shameful behaviour in posting a phonetically incorrect spelling of /’ru:tər/; let the number of replies to his post speak for the enjoyment he has given visitors to his site and not one of them cares about phonetic mis-spelling. Well, except you, of course.

  • Kenny says:


    Bus: Root 100%
    Internet: Rooter 85% and Rowter 15%

    Because the pronunciation of dutch is almost as similar as Root and Rooter. We don’t even use the dutch alternative words. They are adopted in our dictionary as English words.

  • Simple Computers says:

    Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

    Bus: Both
    Internet: Rowter without exception. I’d probably fall over laughing if I heard someone say rooter, but that’s just because I’ve never heard that it was an option.

  • Danno says:

    South Midlands, Ireland.



  • Mohan says:

    Location: Cochin, India
    Bus: Root
    Internet: Rooter / Row-ter

  • Location – Mumbai (Bombay) India
    Bus: Root
    Internet: Row-ter

    Working as a tech support catering to North America for phone diagnosis I have so far heard
    only row-ter.

    Great Topic!

  • G.Gordon says:

    Location: Athens,AL USA

    Being of middle age and having spent six years in the U.S. Navy in my younger days and having lived and traveled “a little” at home and abroad, I believe I can fairly say that I have had the great pleasure to be exposed and listen to a wide variety of the English language being spoken and used.e.g. The pleasure to play a few cahds with my mate from Boston while chukin down a grinder in New London,CT. The pleasure to listen to a fair maiden drawl out a yassam to the teacher in class in Greenwood,Miss.and shagged by one from Wales on the beach in Honolulu.

    All of that drivel aside, I tip my hat to the sewer[not,soo-er] of this thread for it brings to mind a small twang by Sir Walter Scott, “Oh what tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive.” For you English, perhaps you should “BONE” up on your Pope.”To err is human;to forgive divine.” For the rest of us simpletons perhaps it comes down to the one about “What we have here is failure to communicate.”

    As far as the router,the rooter, the tooter or the pooter,I have never heard of a router[row-ter] reffered to as a rooter but if my English counterparts[“not”,coont-er-parts]want to use rooter than they will get no scowl[“not”school]from me.As far as the bus route[row-t] or bus[root]it depends on ones own preference and taste. as we used to say in the US Submarine Force, “What ever floats your boat.”