Friday, February 29, 2008

Oh, Great. February Is Even Longer.

Thirty days hath September,
April, June and November.
All the rest have thirty-one
Except February
Which has eighty.

Isn't that how it goes? Huh. Sure seems like it.

This morning I thought that February was finally over. Dang. Happy Leap Day, everybody.

Once, when I was a kid, I had the word "February" on my spelling list. "Mom! Look! They spelled this wrong!" I said.

"No, that's the way it's spelled." she replied.

"No, because it's supposed to be 'Feb-yoo-ary'! This has a 'r' in it and that's not right!"

"The 'r' is silent." she said.

Which, of course, I accepted without question.

I have persisted in my mispronunciation of the name of the second month of the year out of stubbornness and habit. When someone points it out, I blame it on my Mom. I also spent the rest of my years in school watching for another word with a silent 'r'.

So, in honor of yet another day of the longest month of the year, I think I'll start drinking and work on putting the "brew" back in February.


  1. the brother that likes the drinkFebruary 29, 2008 at 1:43 PM

    So much to comment on here... first, that rhyme made me laugh out loud. So funny! And I love putting the Brew in February. I can drink to that.

  2. and happy leap day to you! It's over in Switzerland sooner than Michigan... ha!

  3. Ahem.
    At the risk of receiving one of those "Bad Mommy" awards...

    Did I REALLY reply "the 'r' is silent"? I don't think so. More like..."In our Midwestern pronunciation of words, we Yankees pronounce February without the middle 'R'" Yes, I'm sure I said something like that. We also said "samwich" when talking about lunch.