Feb-roo-ary Quick Takes . . .
Glenn Wagner of Northwest and Violet Morgan of Falls Church have doped out the problem. A gremlin took the "r" from Feb-roo-ary and deposited it in Warsh-ing-ton . . .
Virginia Wayland of Arlington phoned in this poetic remembrance: "A simple reminder to those who err/ Feb-roo-ary contains a Brrrr!" . . .
Out in Rockville, mispronunciation of Feb-roo-ary has led to a misprinting of it. Donald Lynn of Potomac sent along a flier that the Montgomery County public library has distributed. Sure enough, it trumpets free programs at public libraries in "Febuary" . . .
The Newscaster Sin List has expanded to include Bob Dalton and Gordon Peterson of WDVM-TV (thanks to Matthew and Cathy Trebelhorn of Crofton) and Mike Rushlow of WRC radio (thanks to Jane Denison of Southeast) . . .
President John F. Kennedy was a Feb-yoo-arier, as well as the possessor of a virulent New England accent. So Frank M. Stipe of Silver Spring sent JFK this poem: "Of Russiar and Chinar/ And Cubar, be wary/ And be mindful of "brew"/ During this February" . . .
Along the same lines, Frank Kerze Jr. of Bethesda insists that in Milwaukee and St. Louis, home of the Schlitzes and Buds, they pronounce it Febrewery . . .
Finally, Alex Fraser of Northwest notes that dropping "r's" a la Feb-yoo-ary would make this phrase ("Ruby rutabaga ruins, as a rule") read like this ("Yooby yootabaga yooins, as a yoole"). "I, for one, would yue the day we talk like that," Alex says. Makes two of us, pal.