En Route — A Rant

If you looked at the texts between The Mister and me, you’d be bored to tears because it’s exactly what you’d expect. Boring married parent stuff, with loving, sexy bits and occasional rants.


You’d find that almost every day, there’s a message from him with the same exact words, en route. Whether he’s at work or school or on an errand with the children, he lets me know when he’s on his way home. That’s so nice.

Except —

You know how when you started using written communication en masse with people, you realized they can’t spell?


Okay, but then there’s the flip side where you’ve read the word, but you don’t know how to say the word?
Well, Everyone In My House Says In Rout And It Drives Me Absolutely Fucking Bananas. B-A-N-A-N-A-S

I’m still trying to get them to pronounce syrup the same way I do, as well as teaching them they couldn’t care less, because could care less implies they care some, and I don’t need the added pressure of en route!
It’s on root — onrootonrootonroot. Not sometimes, all the time! It’s just on root, and like you don’t get up and pee in the on suit, you are not in rout.

There, I feel better now, don’t you?

Gah, at least they don’t type it out as on root. There is that.

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54 Responses to En Route — A Rant

  1. rgemom says:

    My husband is wondering why I’m sitting on the passenger side of the car laughing like a total loon. Thanks!

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  2. Dan Antion says:

    Oh my. I’m almost afraid to admit this, but I get into trouble at home all the time. I can spell syrup OK but I pronounce it “surp” I’ve been sayin it like that for 60+ so it ain’t gonna change but it you want to take a whack, feel free.

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  3. kirizar says:

    One the one hand…your spouse texts you to let you know he’s fine and en route (on root) to his destination. On the other hand…well, you may just have to suffer the slings and typos (which I always try to spell with an ‘e’ until spell-check chastises me) of outrageous fortune.

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  4. Anxious Mom says:

    How do you pronounce “syrup”?

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  5. A @ moylomenterprises says:

    Typos aren’t an issue at my house since our household communicates in two “languages” proper English the Caribbean slang (broken English) from my hometown. The kids (18 & 20) use the slang more than I do as I prefer proper English but I know they know how to do both so it’s not a big deal.

    I am, however, trying to teach my three yr old that after 14 comes 15 and not 16. She insists there’s no 15 so alas that fight continues 🙂

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  6. I am now going to plan my route to Funny. It sounds like a hilarious location.
    I also want to know how you pronounce syrup. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SguyWRKmWbc

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  7. Benson says:

    I usually have my words spelled correctly because I always try to at least double check. I also have a dictionary on my favorite bar that I use. I too get a bit miffed when someone doesn’t spell correctly. Of course I don’t text that often so if I did I may have a different attitude,but I doubt it. Well gotta’ go I’m on root to the fridge.

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  8. Ha Ha! I loved this as I am exactly the same! It is En root, en rooot enbloodyroot! As you know,, it is French and they do not say in rowt or whatever!! I will come with you to Funny, It sounds a nice place where their are two many grammatical errors that drive me crazy!

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  9. Sherry says:

    Imma gonna stick with route, just cuz it seems to irritate you, and I haven’t irritated anyone yet this morning so it’s your turn…Happy Saturday!, I’m en rout to my facebook…tata…*snort*

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  10. J says:

    I recently enacted a new policy where if someone cannot spell my child’s name correctly-especially when you have known that child for an extended period of time-then I am not going to respond to your messages.

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  11. Carrie Rubin says:

    The ‘could care less’ thing gets to me too. When I hear someone say it, my brain automatically corrects it to ‘couldn’t care less.’ Sometimes my mouth does too…

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  12. Josh Wrenn says:

    It is crazy to me when it is obvious people don’t know the difference. A mistake every once in a while is one thing, but when someone types, “Your stupid.” or something like that, I always want to say, “My stupid what? Idiot.” Not that I get many people calling me stupid, but when they do, you can bet they use “Your” instead of You’re”.

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  13. Humor can be persuasive when the authoritarian can not do the convincing. I enjoyed reading your story.


  14. With so many different accents around, I think we just have to accept that when people for whom we’re not responsible commit what we believe to be mispronunciations, we should just shrug it off, particularly when the ‘offending’ pronunciation is a localisation of a foreign word.
    Grammatical and spelling errors I have more trouble with (one example being to say supposably when you mean supposedly; that’s just plain wrong).
    One of my pet hates is inappropriate and unnecessary use of abbreviation. I get that when you only have limited characters to work with (twitter, SMS etc), more can be said by super-shortening words, but why on Earth is it necessary to type u or ur instead of you or your in places like facebook, where no such restriction exists. Just plain lazy, I call it!

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  15. Pistachios says:

    This is why I tell people to watch TV/movies as well as read when they’re learning English. Words aren’t always pronounced how they look like they should be pronounced!
    But it sometimes goes the other way: There’s a street in my city called Turbot Street, which I’m pretty sure is meant to be pronounced “tur-bot”, but now and then some people mistakenly say it as “tur-bo” because they think it’s one of those fancy silent-T words XD

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  16. dalecooper57 says:

    “In root” is even worse. I’ve heard Americans use that a lot too.

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  17. We had some friends over last night and we were talking about the whole “could care less” and “could not care less” thing. I think this is more prevalent among the young folks.

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  18. John Holton says:

    I especially liked “to funny.” Kind of Buzz Lightyear-ish, like “to funny and beyond!”

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  19. jetgirlcos says:

    Oh that’s funny. My husband and I gave up “enroute” a long time ago in favor of little pictograms of a red car for me and a blue one for him. Who needs words when you can use pictures? 🙂

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  20. Luanne says:

    LOL. I have given up. For realz.
    Re the texting: you should see my brother’s texts. hahaha I ought to write a poem using his texts. Nobody would believe them. And we’re always holding two conversations at the same time–his and mine. His is way funnier. Unintentionally.

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  21. Prajakta says:

    Yes!! I am so with you on this. I struggle to explain the pronunciation of ensemble. And then I just make them change the word to something else lest they mess up


  22. A very sweet glimpse into you and yours. And funny too. Thanks!

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  23. markbialczak says:

    At least I was saying it half right. I had the root part down for route. Thanks, Joey and Emma, for teaching me that I’ve been wrong my whole life not saying on even though I spell it en. Somebody ought to have put that in the oncyclopedia for me when I was a kid.

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  24. So much fun! We stepped up our marriage texting game with Bitmoji’s. My husband customized them to look like us and we have a lot of laughs now. It’s the little things. 🙂

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