Are we losing our language lickity split? I notice New Zealanders are starting to pronounce route like rout. It is a particularly silly Americanism complete with oppressive religious undertones and small town mores. The mispronunciation clearly comes from a precious reluctance to say root, except in a botanical context. The typical Kiwi male eats roots and leaves, but avoids double entendre preferring mispronunciation instead? For goodness sake people. Route and root are homophones. A rout is a chaotic and disorderly retreat. You may be routed while rooting, if the wrong route is taken, but never surrender your tongue!