Is the first "R" in February silent or does everyone just mispronounce the word?
That's a good question, but for some reason, I always say it. Very thought-provoking question, though. Thanks.
Some people actually do pronounce the R in February, although when spoken quickly it does sound often as if it has not been included. I think this has more to do with a person's accent, because you should pronounce the R.
I pronounce the r and that is the way it should be pronounced. People who don't are one of my pet peeves. Same with those who pronounce library "libary."
It seems that both pronunciations are valid; however, as the month is named after Februam it would seem that sounding the first 'r' is correct.
I found this to help pronounce it: "Febroo-ere"...I too pronounce it Feb-u-ary, but with practice, can say it Fe-broo-ary, and find myself practicing...so thanks for the incite...
("oo" as in broom)
I actually find that not pronouncing letters helps with understanding. If we ignore the first R in my last name, nothing changes. If we drop it from the 80s President of the United States...oops, I mean Pesident of the United States, we have Onald Eagan. Perfectly clear.
I also find that adding extra, silent letters to words improves your ability to communicate. It also means that everything you write is correct: you make up your own spewlingz az u gow alung. Or not.
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