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?"