1. Terrie000

    Terrie000 Member

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    Rout and Routing

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by Terrie000, Jul 3, 2016.

    Hey (again),

    I encountered another confusing word when I'm trying to use the word "rout" (
    to completely defeat someone in a battle, competition, or election) in the form of -ing, meaning "routing". However, the dictionary thinks "routing" = the word "route". Is there no such word as "rout" with -ing? It is a verb, so it makes no sense if there isn't such word. Please clarify if you can, thanks!

    Terr
     
  2. izzybot

    izzybot Transhuman Autophage Contributor

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    It's a word. You can find in on Merriam-Webster online and Wiktionary, it's just a word with multiple meanings and others are more common than the one you're using.
     
  3. BayView

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    I feel like there may be some noun/verb confusion here?

    If you're using "rout" as a noun (totally validly) I'm not sure it makes sense to add -ing in order to make it... another noun, which I think would mean exactly the same thing? I think "routing" would be the verb. Is that how you're planning to use it?

    The soldiers were busy routing the enemy off the field. [but of course, the word is spelled exactly the same as the present participle of "route", which is a more familiar word, so most people would probably read it with that pronunciation/meaning).

    The battle was a rout. (not a routing).
     
  4. Mumble Bee

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    Okay, so when you say "The soldiers were busy routing the enemy off the field." I picture guys with flags giving directions on the proper pathways for a route.
     
  5. BayView

    BayView Huh. Interesting. Contributor

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    That's what I thought would happen. It's the more common word, so I think it's the one people's brains will jump to.
     
  6. Terrie000

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    Ok sounds like I best not to use the word "routing" as it may be confused with the word route, which isn't what I intend to mean. Btw, the word "rout" can be a noun as well as a verb, so adding -ing to it seems reasonable if it's also a verb.
     

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