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I before E

Read this first: British government spells end of ‘i before e’ rule

This is absolutely ridiculous. The reason why it’s “not worth teaching” the ‘i before e’ rule is because that’s all that people teach these days. The complete rule is:

Where there is a long ‘E’ sound, ‘I’ comes before ‘E’, except after ‘C’.

If you disregard the part about the ‘long E sound’ and ‘except after C’, then of course teaching ‘i before e’ becomes useless.

‘Sufficient’, ‘veil’ and ‘their’ don’t have long E sounds, therefore the rule doesn’t apply to them. ‘Sufficient’ may have ‘ie’ after a c, but how do you pronounce ‘sufficient’? “Suh-FISHEE-ent” or “suh-FISH-ent”? I’ve heard most people say the latter. But that’s not the point.

There’s a “Spelling Society” and you’d think they were aware that the entire rule has been forgotten. I paid attention in school, so I know the damn rule. I’m a bit of a grammar nazi sometimes. If the damn Spelling Society doesn’t even know how to apply the rule properly, then why are they the Spelling Society? I should be the Spelling Society.

Anyway, I read that news article and it got me all fired up and I had to go on a tirade.

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Happy birthday, Samuel Morse!

April 27; birthday of Samuel Morse. He’s dead, of course. He died in 1872, just a few weeks before his 81st birthday. If he were still alive, he’d be turning 218. Dang, that’s old.

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Google says we're not allowed to use these Holiday and Events Logos, but it's not like I'm *stealing* it.

I wouldn’t have known today was Samuel Morse’s birthday had it not been for Google and their crazy special events logos. And I just thought I would give him a special shout-out in my blog, because if it wasn’t for his invention of the telegraph and the very popular Morse code, we might not have SMS.

[UPDATE 17.11.2011] Image alt-text converted into caption. [/UPDATE]

 

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