Date: Fri, 1 Dec 1995 12:51:35 -0600 From: Natalie Maynor 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]