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Show Of Hands February 2nd, 2014 3:43pm

Do you pronounce this month as Feb-YOU-ary or Feb-RU-ary?

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Nosferat2
02/04/14 8:14 am

I thought it was pronounced Black History Month

Redwallr hyrule
02/03/14 11:17 pm

Feb-ru-ary doesn't flow off the tongue as nicely

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tanbelle
02/03/14 6:48 am

Just read a few articles regarding this and either way is acceptable in nearly every dictionary so it might be time to climb off the high horse. It is NOT the same as liberry.

mark1
02/03/14 7:01 am

I have both new and old dictionaries. My old Webster's unabridged only approves ru.
I think both February and vehicle are examples of a population less and less likely to use the correct form.

tanbelle
02/03/14 7:04 am

How is it not correct form if nearly every source cites You as proper pronunciation? Just curious....

MrsSimmons2u Ohio
02/03/14 2:22 pm

High horse? Really? I was joking and don't hardly give a damn how people say it, but I'm sure for every article you found saying you is correct, I can find 1 for ru. Please get a life and find more meaningful topics to spend your time researching.

tanbelle
02/03/14 2:27 pm

MrsSimmons that was my attempt at humor. You made valid points while making me laugh! Thanks

mark1
02/03/14 4:19 pm

I was not being adversarial but only making an observation based on the medium I cited. The language does change over time, and not always for the better. Obviously the ru pronunciation is nearer the spelling February.

mark1
02/03/14 6:34 am

I remember learning the correct pronunciation in the 5th grade along with chimney and vehicle (veh-i-cle because it's a conveyance.) I learned that only hicks say ve-hic-le.

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mark1
02/04/14 4:25 am

And I've always assumed that the ve-hic-le pronunciation is where we get the word hick.

CountryHeart beachwood
02/03/14 6:07 am

Why on earth does this make a difference? It's like Florida and Wednesday.

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saulecker Durham, NC
02/02/14 8:43 pm

I think there is a correlation between those of us that say "ru" and those of us born in the month.

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scottstots Georgia
02/02/14 3:45 pm

If you don't use the "you" sound, you are criminally insane

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MrsSimmons2u Ohio
02/02/14 2:51 pm

I use ru and think it sounds correct cause it is correct!

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MrsSimmons2u Ohio
02/02/14 2:54 pm

This is like when people pronounce the place where you borrow books "the liberry". Just because you choose to ignore the r doesn't mean it isn't there!

broncomark often, not what I seem
02/03/14 9:38 am

I hear there is a great jam recipe for liberries on the Internet!

TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
02/02/14 2:33 pm

RU is correct, but sounds odd and awkward because hardly anyone uses it. So YOU has become the acceptable pronunciation. I no longer fight this particular battle, but I'm adamant about some other pronunciations and many, many spellings.

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broncomark often, not what I seem
02/03/14 9:40 am

American English spellings, or British English spellings? Odd behaviour, in my book!

pandaxoxo Colorado
02/02/14 1:50 pm

The reasoning of that's how it's spelled is dumb. If you pronounce every word how it's spelled then words like know, Wednesday, etc. sound dumb.. And are wrong

kbluebird Denial
02/02/14 1:08 pm

"What is the only month that starts with Feb? Mr. Connery?"

"FEBTOBER."

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EnderWiggin So disillusioned...
02/02/14 1:05 pm

Alphabetically or in order of urgency?

sarahbc13 The Beach
02/02/14 12:45 pm

Do the same people that pronounce the first R also pronounce the N in WedNesday?!

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kermie gaytopia
02/02/14 12:49 pm

Very slightly yes, yes I do.

EnderWiggin So disillusioned...
02/02/14 1:06 pm

Yes. And there is no "sh" sound in Groceries.

pandaxoxo Colorado
02/02/14 1:45 pm

Wait. I thought you were supposed to pronounce the n in Wednesday. But not the d.

kermie gaytopia
02/02/14 5:21 pm

A lot of people say the n before the d. I say the n after the d. I think that's what the OP was talking about.

EarlyBird Portland
02/02/14 12:44 pm

I was taught to say Feb- RU- ary.

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pcox104 Florida
02/02/14 11:20 am

Feb-ru-ary uses mouth muscles that I don't have. R's were always weak for me, and it turned me off from learning other languages like Spanish. But when I lived up north, I picked up the pirate Arrrr pretty good...

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mattc2592
02/02/14 11:17 am

Seeing as I was born in this month I figure it should be properly pronounced otherwise I might not care

curtron basement of the Alamo
02/02/14 11:07 am

Once I became old enough to realize its spelling, I made a conscious effort to pronounce it they way it's spelled.

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kbluebird Denial
02/02/14 1:09 pm

I would like to hear you say "onomatopoeia."

Jeninerd Hoth, AK
02/02/14 10:52 am

Always "Feb-ru-ary." Did not realize I was in the minority on this....

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sadewt Rexburg, Idaho
02/02/14 11:35 am

neither did I, that's how it's spelled

andrewser Miami Lakes
02/02/14 1:33 pm

Yeah, and colleges think that whites are the majority.... Is because they haven't seem miami.... Whites are a minority there!

sadewt Rexburg, Idaho
02/02/14 1:36 pm

whites are more populous nationally than any other race, although we are falling behind

pcox104 Florida
02/02/14 11:21 am

Ok.. But your name is GetEduc8ted...

Think Lovin Life
02/02/14 12:45 pm

The teachers union must be so proud!

Emily33 North Carolina
02/02/14 9:27 am

I saw both, probably feb-ru-ary more often

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Zod Above Pugetropolis
02/02/14 9:19 am

As if the first "R" is silent. Because it is, in everyday English. I can pronounce it if I'm being all hoyty-toyty.

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wiildkat Propertarian
02/02/14 9:15 am

More like Febrrrrrrrrrrrrrrary

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DunkinFrunk Austin area, Texas
02/02/14 8:47 am

I pronounce it "yay only a month left to winter".

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lightsabr2 The Wild Blue Yonder
02/02/14 9:38 am

For some states..... :(

pcox104 Florida
02/02/14 11:23 am

Yah some states get snowstorms in March, and, in a good year, April.

maxdude Washington DC
02/02/14 8:47 am

We only have to say it for 28 or 29 days, and then on to March.

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DonWichita Kansas
02/02/14 9:55 am

You meant Mrch didn't you?

beanD California
02/02/14 8:45 am

I tried to say Feb-RU-ary for the longest time, but it always came out as this gross mumble, so I eventually decided to cut my losses and just say it wrong.

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lightsabr2 The Wild Blue Yonder
02/02/14 9:39 am

If it's the standard, then it's not wrong. Languages evolve.

beanD California
02/02/14 9:40 am

I suppose. Plus, what sounds like it's spelled anymore? So passé.