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Spelling ie vs. ei #225881
11/01/16 09:48 PM 11/01/16 09:48 PM
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As a child I learned the spelling rhyme:
“i" before “e”
except after “c”
or when sounding like “a”
as in neighbor and weigh.
This has helped me spell many words according to the recommended standard, including
(“i” before “e”)
wield, piedmont, lien, diesel
lenient, piece, mien, lieutenant
(except after “c”)
ceiling, conceit, receive
(or when sounding like “a”)
feint, neigh, sleigh
But there are words that don’t follow this rule, that don’t have a long “a” sound, and aren’t after a “c", such as
height (sounding like a long “i”)
seize (sounding like a long “e”)
sleight (sounding like a long “i”)
Is there some historical etymological reason behind these anomalies?
For that matter, is there some historical reason behind the “rule” in the rhyme?
(And does anyone know of exceptions that have an "ie" after "c"?)
Re: Spelling ie vs. ei [Re: Storysmith] #225884
11/01/16 11:22 PM 11/01/16 11:22 PM
Joined: Jun 2008
Land of the Flat Water LukeJavan8
Land of the Flat Water
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Re: Spelling ie vs. ei [Re: Storysmith] #225893
11/03/16 01:28 AM 11/03/16 01:28 AM
Joined: Aug 2001
Worcester, MA wofahulicodoc
...And does anyone know of exceptions that have an "ie" after "c"?
and a raft of others.
Go to onelook.com and enter " *cie* " -- you don't even have to Enter it; just look in the dropdown!
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