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“I” before “E” Except after “C” July 20, 2009

Posted by lyndastucky in Communication.
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The Bristish government has issued some new rules for the old rule “I before E except after C.”  They contest that there are too many exceptions to this rule (think about veil, their, weigh and sufficient) and that it is too confusing to young learners.  (See http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090621/ap_on_re_eu/eu_britain_spelling_shake_up for for the full article.)  But isn’t there a slogan that adjusts for the inconsistencies that says something like “Sounds like A as in neighbor and weigh.”  If you are familiar with this saying, please tell me about it.  I only vaguely remember it and can’t find it anywhere.

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