Date: Fri, 1 Dec 1995 06:57:43 PST


Subject: Re: I before E

Does anyone know the source of the spelling rule, "I before E except after


This question came up in Michael Montgomery's response to my paper at the

Southeastern Conference on Linguistics, where I showed that the rule is not

very useful,

and suggested that one spelling, "ceiling," might actually have been based on

that rule.

Although I feel I'm a fairly acurrate speller, spelling the word "receive"

always pauses me. Each time, including this note, I have to stop and dig out

the I/E/C rule to be sure I did it right. I have no idea why I have a mental

block on this word. Do others?

-- Jim

(The spelling of accurate was a joke!!!!)