March 19, 2012
en route (adverb)
\ahn-ROOT\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: on or along the way
How do you use it?
I was just wondering how much longer we'd have to wait for Mom to get home when Dad got off the phone and announced, "She's en route now, so she'll be here soon."
Are you a word wiz?

Which language do you think gave us "en route"?

If you chose C, well done! "En route" is one of a few hundred words that entered English from French in the 1700s. The French court in the late 1600s and early 1700s was seen as the pinnacle of class and taste, so many English aristocrats began to use and adopt French words to sound stylish. "En route" is one of those words. We borrowed not only the French meaning, but also the French spelling. This word is sometimes misspelled as "on-route" or "onroute," since the first part of "en route" sounds like the English word "on." You can remember it's spelled "en route" by keeping in mind that it comes from French, and both "French" and the "en" of "en route" use an "e."
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