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    How do you pronounce February?

    The title says it all.

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    I say Feb-uary when talking but secretly say Feb-ruary in my head when spelling

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    Quote Originally Posted by fancyn
    I say Feb-uary when talking but secretly say Feb-ruary in my head when spelling
    I do the exact same thing!

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    I say Feb-RU-ary. That's the correct pronunciation, right? Isn't it just as bad saying Feb-U-ary as it is for Bush to say Nuc-u-lar?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robyn1007
    I do the exact same thing!
    Must be a midwestern thing...

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    Quote Originally Posted by HejazSunKat
    I say Feb-RU-ary.
    I do too. It's not as though the ROO is so pronounced. It sort of blends together - maybe because I say it fast.

    Quote Originally Posted by HejazSunKat
    Isn't it just as bad saying Feb-U-ary as it is for Bush to say Nuc-u-lar?
    *snort*

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    I say "ru"...though...it's very deliberate on my part based on my belief that it's the "correct" pronunciation. Most people I know don't say it that way. Sometimes it reminds me of hearing certain friends from other countries distinctly say WeD - Ness - day.
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    I think pronouncing the "R" is the correct pronounciation, but I rarely hear the "R" when people say February.
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    I say Feb-RU-ary.
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    I pronounce it Feb-yoo-ary. In fact, I've never heard a single person pronounce it with the "roo" sound in the middle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aggie94
    I pronounce it Feb-yoo-ary. In fact, I've never heard a single person pronounce it with the "roo" sound in the middle.
    Same here. I'm pretty sure either pronunciation is correct. SO not the same as Bush's nucular vs nuclear.

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    I actually say both, it just depends on my mood and also my company. If I'm not relaxed around the people I'm with I'll be more likely to say "Feb-ru-ary" but if I feel comfortable and unjudged I will say the much easier "Feb-u-ary".

    I voted "Feb-u-ary" since that is the one I prefer to say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robyn1007
    I do the exact same thing!

    Me three..

    And from dictionary.com

    Usage Note: Although the variant pronunciation (fby-r) [Feb-yoo - symbols didn't come out right in the copy] is often censured because it doesn't reflect the spelling of the word, it is quite common in educated speech and is generally considered acceptable. The loss of the first r in this pronunciation can be accounted for by the phonological process known as dissimilation, by which similar sounds in a word tend to become less similar. In the case of February, the loss of the first r is also owing to the influence of January, which has only one r.

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    Just wondering if you folks who say Feb-U-ary also say Li-Berry?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lillith
    Just wondering if you folks who say Feb-U-ary also say Li-Berry?
    I don't, but thanks for asking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lillith
    Just wondering if you folks who say Feb-U-ary also say Li-Berry?
    No. I pronounce both R's in library.

    But I don't pronounce the first d in Wednesday. Wens-day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fancyn
    I say Feb-uary when talking but secretly say Feb-ruary in my head when spelling
    Yup.

    Adding extra words because the dang thing says my message is too short.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lillith
    Just wondering if you folks who say Feb-U-ary also say Li-Berry?
    Feb-U-ary is an acceptable pronunciation. Lie-berry is not. There's a difference. Would you argue with someone who says toe-mah-toe instead of toe-may-toe? Just because the letter R is there, doesn't necessarily mean it has to be pronounced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aggie94
    I don't, but thanks for asking.
    You're welcome ( right back at you)
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    Quote Originally Posted by fancyn
    I say Feb-uary when talking but secretly say Feb-ruary in my head when spelling
    Me too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lillith
    Just wondering if you folks who say Feb-U-ary also say Li-Berry?
    No, and I don't say Warshington either.

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    Seems like everybody around here says "Febu-wary". I can't remember even my very precise grade-school teachers pronouncing the "R". "Often", too, is another. Very unusual to hear anything other than "offen".

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    I pronounce the R and had to laugh when we first got married and DH wrote a note spelling it without the R...he didn't know it was there because he didn't pronounce it (and he's a pretty poor speller ) and never really noticed when looking at a calendar.
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    I pronounce it febuary. I have tried to pronounce the first r and sound like I have a major speech impediment - Febwuwary anyone? that's how it comes out so.. no r for me.
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    I pronounce it the correct way.

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    I pronounce it with the RU sound. I also pronounce both R's in library.

    One word I hate mispronounced, has to be PICTURE. It is pronounced pick-ture not pitcher. That one drive me nuts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lillith
    Just wondering if you folks who say Feb-U-ary also say Li-Berry?
    No, and I at least, don't wear a fanny pack, too tight pants to the grocery store and I even have most of my original teeth.

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    Just wondering if you folks who say Feb-U-ary also say Li-Berry?
    Just wondering if someone who asks a question like this means to be condescending, or if it's completely unintentional?

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    I also pronounce the "r" -- but it's more like FEH BROO ary, I think.
    And I think you don't hear the "r" most of the time, even if people pronounce it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lillith
    Just wondering if you folks who say Feb-U-ary also say Li-Berry?
    Lillith, you can be tooo wicked...

    i go back and forth with the pronunciation. when my kids were young, i made a point of pronouncing the R. depends on the situation. if i'm among folks who say, "LI-berry," (or, perhaps, "li-BERRY") i'd be thankful that they know there exists such a place and be hoping that they're availing themselves of its wonders. i'd also be more worried about not correcting them/pointing out their flaw than about what i said. i've learned through long, hard experience, that 99.9% of people do NOT like to be corrected about their speech.
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