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I Before E Segment

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nobrows
1210368.  Sun Oct 30, 2016 6:19 pm Reply with quote

Just watched another older episode of QI when the discussion of spelling rules came up. I watched while they spent over 10 minutes chiding the rule "I before E except after C" and proceeded to show many exceptions. Mr. Fry went on and on about it. However, he left out the rest of the rhyme, which would have made this segment irrelevant.

I might be telling my age, but when I learned this rhyme in school it was taught as "I before E except after C, unless sounded like A as in neighbor and weigh."

Hope this helps.

 
Spud McLaren
1210370.  Sun Oct 30, 2016 6:37 pm Reply with quote

What about seize? Species? Their? Foreign?

Welcome to the QI forums!

 
Bondee
1210463.  Mon Oct 31, 2016 3:48 pm Reply with quote

Ceiling!

 
Spud McLaren
1210465.  Mon Oct 31, 2016 4:13 pm Reply with quote

Somebody had to do it ...

 
duglasbell@hotmail.co.uk
1246752.  Sat Aug 26, 2017 11:47 am Reply with quote

Or height?

 

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