Date: Fri, 1 Dec 1995 12:51:35 -0600
From: Natalie Maynor maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]RA.MSSTATE.EDU
Subject: Re: I before E
Does anyone know any other weird exceptions?
"Weird" isn't an exception if you think of the rule the way I do: i before
e except after c as long as it sounds like [i]. I say [wIrd], not [wird].
If you extend that rule to all pronunciations you're aware of, even if they're
not your own, you're left with almost no exceptions at all -- e.g., some
people pronounce the first syllable of "leisure" as [lE] rather than [li],
some people don't have [i] in "either" and "neither."
--Natalie (maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ra.msstate.edu)