I before E except after C Poem?


I Before E Except After C is not exactly a poem, but a short rhyme made up to explain how certain words are spelled. The phrase was coined by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer in his book, Rules of English Spelling, which was published in 1880. It is supposed to mean that words should always have the letter I come before the letter E, but not when the letters are preceded by a C. However, there are many words that violate this rule, including height, sleigh, slight, and weight.
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The full rhyme is. I before E. Except after C. Or when sounded as A. As in neighbor and weigh. It is a rhyme to help students remember how to spell some common words. But. there are
Caffeine, either, heir, leisure, neither, protein,
Here are some exceptions: Now you know why it is a difficult rule at best. One version reads: "I before E except after C or when sounded like A as in neighbor and weigh. / Neither
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