Re: Sentence structure?

Subject: Re: Sentence structure?
From: Steve Read <steve -at- readonly -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 21 Oct 2004 15:38:32 -0600

Bob pedantically wrote:

>I always pronounce February as Feb-ru-ary. You know, the proper way. My
>pronunciation often leaves people scratching their heads.
> >
American Heritage has this to say, and I'd agree:
"Although the variant pronunciation (fby-r) 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."

Steve Read


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