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January 11, 2013


British elementary schools have been advised to scrap one of the most venerable rules in English spelling: "I before e except after c."

(Thanks to The Perts)


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But, but that's inconceivable!

That is WEIRD.

So, if I read the article accurately, the 'i before e except after c' rule is insuffiCIEnt as a spelling rule because it VEIls the fact that the rule only applies when expressing the EE sound.

Thier idea to scrap this is unbeleivable.

So a perfectly useful mnemonic is ruled out of bounds because it only helps in 99% of cases? This is taking inclusion too far.

Mr. Language Person, call your office!

"English with sensible spelling."
This sentence does not translate well into English.

Don't you know the King's English?

So's the Queen! (Haw!)

Churchill would know what to do.

If ifs and buts were candy and nuts...

Hmmm, I forget how the rest of that goes.

I noticed the date on that there article is
June 21, 2009.

(Judi, I hear that Lowe's is hiring. Just sayin')

English with sensible spelling.

Isn't that what Noah Webster tried to do, and the British now mock us for the results, like spelling "color" without the "u"?

I'd like to see the science behind this.

Head_Smashed_In, I think it's ..."something, something, beggars would ride."

No wonder they lost their empire.

If wishes were horses
Beggars would ride:
If turnips were bayonets
I would wear one by my side

Jeff, I suppose so, but then would we all have a Merry Christmas?

Hark, hark, the dogs do bark!
The buggers are coming to town.
I before Aieee! except after golly-whee,
And I need a rhyme for "town."

Or else we're in Flathead County.

Or when sounded like "A" as in "neighbor" or "weigh," or if it's just weird.

The terrorists have won.

I before E is fine. The "except after C" is what is wrong. The only two common words that holds for are recEIve and cEIling.

Im not counting receives, receiving, etc.

Actually, the Blog did blog this before under the title of "Civilization is doomed", on tips from nurcecindy and cynthia.

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