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How do you say Februwary?

  1. Dec 7, 2011 #1
    I first noticed a few years ago what seemed to be a realization that we were pronouncing the second month wrong. CNN and others made attempts at correction. I looked at the word and it seemed simple enough. It looks like feb ru ary. Three sylables easy to say. I practiced a few times and now I can say it. But if you listen many strugle with it. They say febuwarly feberary or febrrarey or they mumble something trying to hide that they don't know how to say it. Some just stick with febuary. Maybe they're too busy to slow down and look at the word. I kind of like words. One that used to bother me was when people said often as in off ten. I thought it was wrong but words change with time so it's likely just as good as offen. Now we gots axed for asked and in time that will likely be correct. The following is from Wikipedia and you can't argue with that can you?


    Many people pronounce the 'ru' of "February" /juː/ ( listen) you rather than /ruː/ roo, as if it were spelled "Feb-u-ary".[1] This comes about by analogy with "January" (which ends in "-uary" but not "-ruary"); as well as by a dissimilation effect whereby having two "r"s close to each other causes one to change for ease of pronunciation. The Scots language names for the month are Feberwary and Februar, the latter usually pronounced with a long "ay" in the first syllable.

    What up dudes?
     
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  3. Dec 7, 2011 #2

    Chi Meson

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    Brought up by a Scottish mother, she would pronounce the "r"s rather trilled. I now say "Feb' rare-ee", and people look at me funny.
     
  4. Dec 7, 2011 #3
    I pronounce it February. Doesn't everyone?
     
  5. Dec 7, 2011 #4
    I pronounce it "evilwintermonth#3".
     
  6. Dec 7, 2011 #5

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    Well now that I think about it...I'm never going to say it, ever again.
     
  7. Dec 7, 2011 #6

    Evo

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    How do you say iron? As in "I need to iron a shirt". Or a wrought iron fence?
     
  8. Dec 7, 2011 #7

    lisab

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    EYE-urn. But sometimes it runs together, EYEurn.

    How do you say it?
     
  9. Dec 7, 2011 #8

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    I say eye urn a shirt, but wrought eye run

    Like iron man eye run

    But I hear people say eye run a shirt

    People in Minnesota say "ruuf", like a dog barking, instead of roof, and ruut instead of root. I remember when the tv serial "roots" was on and a co-worker from Minnesota asked if we watched ruuts (ruts), and we had no idea what she was talking about.
     
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  10. Dec 7, 2011 #9
    I kinda pronounce it like FEH-brew-air-ee

    Just had this discussion with family at thanksgiving...
     
  11. Dec 7, 2011 #10

    lisab

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    Lol, that's those years in Texas showing :wink:!
     
  12. Dec 7, 2011 #11

    lisab

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    Lots of people around Seattle pronounce bag, bayg. With a long a.

    Drove me crazy during the height of the Iraq war...Bayg-dad? Even a local news commentator pronounced it that way! :uhh:
     
  13. Dec 7, 2011 #12

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    aaaarrrgghhh!! Nooo!
     
  14. Dec 8, 2011 #13
    I watched Roots, toots.
     
  15. Dec 8, 2011 #14

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    :biggrin:
     
  16. Dec 8, 2011 #15
    Arn if yer from the southern USA. Anything goes the way it seems. Brett Favre pronounces it Farb. Is it Pak is tan or is it Pak is tahn or is it Pahk is tan or is it Pahk is tahn?
     
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  17. Dec 8, 2011 #16

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    Febwuwary!

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/e/e0/Elmer_Fudd.png [Broken]
     
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  18. Dec 8, 2011 #17
    ...why?
     
  19. Dec 8, 2011 #18
    I say it as Feb-er-ary
     
  20. Dec 8, 2011 #19

    DaveC426913

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    That would be Febwuwawy.
     
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