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  • This is by far the most common American pronunciation for this word. Spell it February, but don't expect not to be thought of as pretentious if you pronounce that first R.

    February 27, 2009

  • I place my American tongue in the R position, but at the speed of sound it rarely if ever comes out more intelligibly than Feb-oo-erry. I've given in. Excetera is next. Like hypothermia, it's a lot more pleasurable if you just let yourself go limp with acceptance. The numb comfort of knowing that March is just around the corner. Although, even March is not without its ides, so beware.

    February 27, 2009

  • Actually, I do pronounce the first R, and so far no one seems to have had a problem with it. Nor do I care if they do. :-)

    February 27, 2009

  • The battle's not lost if people (like me) are still fighting it.

    February 28, 2009

  • Don McLean also pronounced the 'r', and if it was good enough for "American Pie" it ought to be good enough for you.

    February 28, 2009

  • Sometimes I do and sometimes I don't. But I always would have to agree that it should be.

    February 28, 2009

  • Update! I've just listened to "American Pie" and am shocked to find that McLean not only ignores the 'r' sound, but pronounces the 'u' as 'ju', to give "Feb-you-erry".

    A disconcerting realization to say the least!

    February 28, 2009

  • Next time Don McLean is playing disconcerts in my area, I won't invite yarb.

    February 28, 2009

  • Little known fact: Don McLean's real name is actually "Don McLearn" -- he just doesn't pronounce the "r."

    February 28, 2009

  • Actually, he was forced to change his surname as

    Hamburger University

    has "McLearn" copyrighted and threatened to sue.

    *ponders adding "Hamburgerology" to his list*

    February 28, 2009