Prof. R. Sussex r.sussex at MAILBOX.UQ.EDU.AU
Tue Jun 25 03:13:48 UTC 2002

Many thanks to many contributors for advice on "route" and "router",
which turned out far more varied and entertaining than I had expected.

By way of follow-up: I have been sent the following link with further

Another angle and a possible precursor concerns army use in the
signals corps. A correspondent on my Aus language email list offers
the following:

As an Army signaller my experience of the word pre-dates modern computers.
In the days of torn tape relay messaging, there were alpha numeric codes
which were called routing (pron rowting) indicators. That was when it was
done handraulically.

Roly Sussex


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