I before E, eh?

We've all heard it.  "I before E except after C".  It was drilled into our little grammar school heads over and over as the Cardinal Rule of Spelling.

Well, my friends, I hate to have to be the one to tell you this...  (cue sad instrumental music) that rule is crap. 

I know, I know, you're all:

And that's all well and good.  But may I present you with:

Such rebellious words.  Clearly the E is before the I and no one noticed in all this time?!  Shouldn't it be anceint?  and Soceity?

And finally we have those shifty "ie" and "ei" folks that switch it up when there is NO C INVOLVED:

Yep, I don't get it either.

Tune in to our next attack on spelling, grammar, and pronunciation when we explore "cello" and "cellophane".  Why isn't it pronounced "CHELLO-fane?"


  1. my fav is ache and mustache. hahaha

  2. Do kids even learn spelling nowadays? All they really need to do is get close enough for spell check to recognize the word they were aiming for..

  3. LOL Mustache!! That's awesome Abrha!

  4. Gia, you are SO right. That little red squiggly line should require ID. Must be eighteen years or older to use.

  5. Spell check corrects me before I have a chance to think about it.