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Mon Feb 8 06:48:05 PST 2010
On Sun, Feb 7, 2010 at 9:49 PM, Honour Horne-Jaruk <jarukcomp at yahoo.com>wrote:
> --- On Sun, 2/7/10, Huette von Ahrens <ahrenshav at yahoo.com> wrote:
> > 'i' before 'e', except after 'c', or in the case of
> > 'neighbor' or 'weigh'.
> > Huette
> Repsected friend:
> My mother taught Special Education English for a long, long time. The above
> goes back at least to the 1700s as "I before E, except after C or when
> sounded like A as in neighbor and weigh"
> So the rhyme originally included that whole class.
> Actually, there are about 95 spelling rules in English. If you know them
> all, you will be able to figure out-- using only phonics-- over 91% of the
> 30,00 most commonly used words in English, and very nearly all of the rest.
> (Which applies to cooking because those 95 rules turn most period English
> spelling into fairly obvious phonics.)
> > Yours in service to both the Societies of which I am a member-
> (Friend) Honour Horne-Jaruk, R.S.F.
> Alizaundre de Brebeuf, C.O.L. S.C.A.- AKA Una the wisewoman, or That Pict
> If you're doing your best, and your best isn't very good, that's life. If
> you aren't doing your best, _that's cheating_.
> Don't forget the othe exception: "weird."
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