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.
A Shepheardes Calender, Edmund Spenser