Rout vs. Route

Lexical Vexations

rout 1. n. a terrible defeat; 2. a rabble or mob; 3. a disturbance.

route n. path, road, course.

Words in the Wild: Despite intensive training the Mighty Slugs suffered a crushing rout at their first cricket match of the season. And to add insult to injury the players had to put up with the mockery of the winners as they all inched forward on the only route back into town.

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