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In today’s News & Observer,

Ron Paul steals show at conservative convention :

Romney’s wife, Ann, in introducing him to the packed house at the Conservative Political Action Conference, came close to an admission, saying that she hoped to see her husband elected. And when Romney, who has been on a nationwide tour, said at one point “if I decide to run for president,” some in the room chortled.

chortle [chôr – tl]

a noun, a snorting, joyful laugh or chuckle.

[combining the words chuckle and snort]

from Through the Looking Glass and What Alice found There by Lewis Carroll

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Fe bu ar y

That’s how I hear it, at least by many, maybe by most. That one -r- just became to difficult to slip in there.  Fe bu ary. No problem.

But then I heard Garrison Keillor say it on A Prairie Home Companion. And there he said February multiple times with no bother, no worry. And so I thought why not give February a second try.

Get the fe out of the way first. Just say fe-. Forget about the –b– for now, we’ll get there.

Okay, if you leave your lips together when you pronounce the –b-, mend it with the –r-, you close of the fe– unto itself, fe bru a ry, February works well. But if you fix the -b- back to the fe-, thus feb-, when you try to pick back up the -r-, or worse, trying to render -ru – ar y, it’s near disastrous. Just think how messy rural can be with that double r- -r.  It sounds like Fe bru rar y

Nope, give fe bru a ry a try.

February

A Shepheardes Calender, Edmund Spenser

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Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother :  “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed.  And a sword will pierce your own soul too.

The Gospel of St. Luke

Candlemas

The feast of the purification of the Virgin Mary (or presentation of Christ in the Temple) celebrated with a great display of candles.

Forms: OE–ME candel mæsse, ME -masse, -messe, ME -mas, ME candil-masse, ME -messe, -mas, condulmas, ME candylmesse, 15 -mas, 15–17 candlemass, 15– candlemas.

Etymology: Old English candelmæsse, < candel candle n. + mæsse mass v.4 In Icelandic kyndilmessa: compare medieval Latin candelaria, French chandeleur, German lichtmesse.

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