Joy in an Oddly-Spelled Word
I asked a frivolous question on Facebook yesterday, thinking a few people might join in the fun:
Happy February. Do you pronounce it:
a) Feb-you-air-ee, or
Within a few hours I had dozens of responses. Some merely stated a or b, while others gave explanations for their choice (without the first r in everyday speech but sounding it out when needing to get the spelling right) or regional pronunciation (some parts of Australia apparently say Feb-ree). One person abandoned traditional spelling altogether and said it’s pronounced “Hello darkness my old friend.”
This is a lot more attention than usual for one of my posts.
The same day I wrote on my blog about Paul’s letter to Philemon and got a lot less interaction on Facebook regarding it. Zero Facebook comments, in fact. It’s not that no one appreciated the Philemon post. It got a small handful of likes and a comment on the blog page itself. But the frivolous February pronunciation post beat it out of the gate and went clear out of sight.
The Point of Frivolity
I get the impression that many people are not delighted with the way their lives are going now. People need relief.
That’s why a frivolous post about how to pronounce an oddly-spelled word can gain so much traction. The Bible says there is a time to laugh (Ecclesiastes 3:4) and I’ve found that the laughter can come at the most unexpected points in my life, like the doctor who made me laugh while telling me I needed a new medication.
Apparently that’s true with others as well, if the pronunciation post is any indication. So tell me, when has frivolity been a balm to your distress?
And tell me how you pronounce February.