tibble wrote:I've asked around at work today, and everyone refers to our state roads as "root" 100, "root" 724. So if they can have PA-100 pronounced "root one hundred" and PA-724 "root seven twenty four" that would be perfect!
The TTS has to differentiate between the different types of routes. Just because some locals want to hear Route-### doesn't mean that nomenclature is going to be helpful to someone from out of town. If a State Highway has a similar or identical number to a US Highway, there could be some confusion (states aren't supposed to use the numbers of any US Highways or Interstates that run through their state, but who knows).
The best case would be to get TTS to read PA-100 as "Pennsylvania 100", and so on throughout the states. It's a little more personalized than "State Route 100", it tells you what state you're in, and it's idiot proof.
I also have a problem with "Route" just because in many parts of the country, it's a word that isn't used at all, and then there's the argument of pronunciation. I go back and forth between the 'root' and 'rowt' depending on context, but I'd think that some younger people who are into computer networking might not have any idea what 'root' means.Just to confuse things more, I'm going to throw out a suggestion to some bands that they record a cover of the Nat King Cole/Depeche Mode song "Route 66" and pronounce it 'rowt'!