Dear February



I’m pretty sure the same guy who came up with the spelling of Wednesday was responsible for February too. Doesn’t the whole idea of a silent letter seem oxymoronic? Or maybe just plain moronic.

Then there are those words that seem to need letters that just aren’t there. Segue needs a w. And an ay. Cough needs an f. Colonel definitely needs an r.

Don’t even get me started on Duke’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski. How can anyone possibly pronounce a word that begins with krzyz? Obviously, by ignoring all the letters entirely. (For non-sports fans, it’s pronounced Shə-SHEF-ski.) Then there’s bologna, hors d’oeuvres, receipt, jeopardy, gauge, etc.

That’s all for today. Other than this:


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  2. Kathy

    I was quite puzzled when I first saw your post. Where I live (eastern PA) we pronounce February the way it is spelled: FEB-ru-ary. To pronounce it “FEB-yoo-ary” sounds to me, well, funny. I would not let Colonel have that “r” even if it needs one.

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    And why is why is business spelled the way it is? I think it’s missing an extra i. 😀

    • Grammar Nut
      Grammar Nut02-11-2014

      (I didn’t mean to type in why is twice.)

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