+155 It's **weird** how "'I' before 'E' except after 'C'" is a rule that when **weighed** against others is practically **seized** with exceptions that can be used at one's **leisure**. It has to be either **heinous** trick by english teachers or a rule that needed better **surveillance** before being told to everyone, amirite?

by Anonymous 10 years ago

"'I' before 'E' except after 'C' and when sounding like 'a' as in 'neighbor' and 'weigh'"

by Anonymous 10 years ago

Weird, seize, leisure, fahrenheit. I just couldn't get fahrenheit in this post.

by Anonymous 10 years ago

Here's a list of all the exceptions. I think it's kind of a pointless rule to have if there's that much wrong with it. http://alt-usage-english.org/I_before_E.html

by Anonymous 10 years ago

Yeah, I did too, so I went through the trouble of forcing exceptions into my post about how weird the rule is.

by Anonymous 10 years ago

Fahrenheit was someone's last name, not really a good example.

by Anonymous 10 years ago

I know, I said that further down in the comments.

by Anonymous 10 years ago

I saw that after I had commented yes :) Sorry!

by Anonymous 10 years ago

You look like that one **science**/math guy in your picture

by Anonymous 10 years ago

Einstein? http://www.teachthought.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/einstein.jpg

by Anonymous 10 years ago

I WAS GOING TO PUT HIM IN THIS POST!

by Anonymous 10 years ago

http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lo8w4u8uJd1qhafj6.gif

by Anonymous 10 years ago

Yes I know. But if I had said "you look like Albert Einstein in your picture" I wouldn't have been able to say the word **science** which is also another exception to the "I" before "E" except after "C" rule

by Anonymous 10 years ago

oh I didn't even notice that the bold didn't catch my eye for some reason there's an e before i in his name, but I don't know if that fits with the rule he's talking about

by Anonymous 10 years ago

I was wondering why you bolded "science" I did a report on him in 5th grade where I dressed up, so I still had the costume c:

by Anonymous 10 years ago

I was actually confused about this as a child. When I came across words that had an e before the i I would always think about that rule then it would get my mind all twisted up before I finally decided that the rule was invalid. For years I've been spelling weird like, "wierd." Thank you, educational system and your rules and whatnot. no

by Anonymous 10 years ago

It isn't taught as a rule in the UK anymore.

by Anonymous 10 years ago

"i before e, except after c, or when sounded as 'ay,' as in 'neighbor' and 'weigh.' 'weird' is just weird, and 'neither' doesn't follow the rule either." idk about science, einstein, or heinous, though xD

by Anonymous 10 years ago

heinous is like weigh... at least in an american accent. but Fahrenheit.

by Anonymous 10 years ago

just pronounced it like fehrenhate and it works

by Anonymous 10 years ago

whoops i thought it was pronounced high-nous. but fahrenheit, the guy who invented fahrenheit, was dutch/polish so he doesn't count :DD

by Anonymous 10 years ago

ORIGIN mid 18th cent.: named after Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit (1686–1736), German physicist. I've never heard of him wary

by Anonymous 10 years ago

the german rule regarding i and e is good...whichever letter is last is the one that gets the sound

by Anonymous 10 years ago

I know with science the i and e are pronounced separately so that's why it doesn't count, I don't know about the other ones though.

by Anonymous 10 years ago

Don't hate on diphthongs.

by Anonymous 10 years ago

oh wait actually einstein isn't english, and neither is fahrenheit! yesssss now seize, leisure, counterfeit, are the only sketchy ones.

by Anonymous 10 years ago

Fine then. Counterfeit.

by Anonymous 10 years ago

:)

by Anonymous 10 years ago

Budweiser.

by Anonymous 10 years ago

More words break this rule than follow it.

by Anonymous 10 years ago

It's **disappointing** that the words you put in bold don't stand out as much as they should.

by Anonymous 10 years ago

Can we just agree that English is a terribly inconsistent language? English doesn't borrow from other languages, it holds them at gunpoint in back alleys and pickpockets them for their irregular rules.

by Anonymous 10 years ago