Date: Thu, 30 Nov 1995 23:16:52 -0500 From: "William H. Smith" Subject: I before E Does anyone know the source of the spelling rule, "I before E except after C..."? 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. Bill Smith Piedmont College Demorest, Ga