I before E except after C


This rule is not sufficient enough for me to believe

Visual poetry & artwork by Matthew Dowell

I before E except after C is one of the most common rules of thumb in the English language and in many cases it is correct, Edward Carney calls it “this supreme, and for many people solitary, spelling rule”. Unfortunately My Carney your word is not sufficient enough for me to believe. We cannot take it for its word and for this rule we all know but that there are so many exceptions, it makes me question its validity; it also just plain weird.

I before E except after B_

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