i before e except when I don’t feel like it.

15 02 2012

Can’t find a reference, but I vaguely remember hearing that statistically more English words break the well known “i before e” rule than follow it. I think possibly most commonly used words follow it, and after all, rules are there to be be bent anyway…

eitherneitherinveigle, neighbour, weigh, height, eight, freight, caffeine, weird

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15 02 2012
misfits' miscellany

Yea, high school English teachers didn’t know much. Or, if they did, they told you what they thought future mechanics needed to learn. Not to knock good mechanics, or anyone good in their field, but you don’t need the e’s after i’s when your jalopy breaks down.

15 02 2012
Quieter Elephant

Of course, in Yorkshire, it’s less important whether the aye comes before the ee, or t’other road round.

16 02 2012
misfits' miscellany

Was Eeyore from Yorkshire?

16 02 2012
Quieter Elephant

‘appen as maybe

16 02 2012
misfits' miscellany

Oh dear.

17 02 2012
Quieter Elephant

Yes love?

17 02 2012
misfits' miscellany

No love now, only zen.

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