"I" Before "E," Except After "C...&

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addlepate
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"I" Before "E," Except After "C...&

Postby addlepate » Fri Nov 14, 2008 11:40 am

...and when it sounds like an "A."

So explain "neither," then. Seriously - I really want to know, it's driving me crazy. Is everyone pronouncing it wrongly? Should I be saying, "nay-ther?" What's the history of the word, to cause it to be spelt that way in defiance of the simple rule?

Are there any other words which break that rule?

Where'd the rule come from, anyway? Is it a "real" rule?

I'm all filled up with questions, it hurts. :(

Bye.

cynic
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Postby cynic » Fri Nov 14, 2008 4:26 pm

from the wicked wikipedia:
i before e
except after c
but we live in a weird society

reddragon70
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Postby reddragon70 » Wed Dec 10, 2008 6:23 pm

I seem to remember seeing a book called "I Before E Except After C" in a book shop. It may well be by the same author as "Eats Shoots and Leaves" which is all about grammar. I could however have been having a flashback to the bad acid i took in the 60's or slipped into a parallel universe. Or something.


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