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petersaundersuk
810022.  Wed Apr 27, 2011 7:16 am Reply with quote

I just watched the QI compilation broadcast on BBC1 on Monday 25th April.

I don't agree that the 'rule' is "I before E, except after C". I learnt the full version as:

"I before E except after C ... when the sound is EE".

I have no plans to search the list of 900+ exceptions to the short version to see if they comply with this longer version :)

 
CB27
810034.  Wed Apr 27, 2011 8:02 am Reply with quote

Have you checked Ceiling? :)

 
Ainee
810038.  Wed Apr 27, 2011 8:10 am Reply with quote

Ainee waves hello to Petersaundersuk!

 
petersaundersuk
810059.  Wed Apr 27, 2011 9:45 am Reply with quote

Guess it depends how you pronounce 'ceiling' :-O

 
Jenny
810064.  Wed Apr 27, 2011 10:09 am Reply with quote

Ceiling follows the rule though - i before e except after c when the sound is ee. In ceiling, there is a c and the sound is ee.

 
CB27
810082.  Wed Apr 27, 2011 10:53 am Reply with quote

Have you tried telling that to Lee Mack though? :)

 
suze
810094.  Wed Apr 27, 2011 11:09 am Reply with quote

We had a discussion about that so-called "rule" of spelling when the topic first aired on the show; it is the main topic of a thread which begins at post 767810.

That thread is notable as being one of rather few on which Jenny and I have taken opposed positions!

 
Neotenic
810124.  Wed Apr 27, 2011 2:06 pm Reply with quote

 
sjb
810163.  Wed Apr 27, 2011 5:37 pm Reply with quote

lol

 
CB27
810166.  Wed Apr 27, 2011 5:42 pm Reply with quote

You can get cream for that :)

 
Bondee
810527.  Thu Apr 28, 2011 2:42 pm Reply with quote

Lol Cream? Didn't he form 10cc with Kevin Godley?

 
nicholasjwest
810968.  Fri Apr 29, 2011 10:14 am Reply with quote

"I before E except after C ... when the sound is EE". Or when sounding like hey, such as Neighbour or Weigh.

 
samivel
811246.  Fri Apr 29, 2011 7:14 pm Reply with quote

That still means that the sovereign's heirs are weird.

 
bobwilson
811272.  Fri Apr 29, 2011 10:29 pm Reply with quote

If it's a rule it's probably wrong
If it's a widely known rule it's even more likely to be wrong
If everyone knows it's right - it's definitely wrong

 
Posital
811284.  Sat Apr 30, 2011 2:32 am Reply with quote

Everyone knows bob spouts rubbish... errrm... QED?

 

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