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Apparently that rule is terrible: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_before_E_except_after_C


The rule is very well known; Edward Carney calls it "this supreme, and for many people solitary, spelling rule".[1] However, the short form quoted above has many common exceptions; for example:


ie after c: species, science, sufficient

ei not preceded by c: seize, vein, weird, their, feisty, foreign


Some authorities deprecate the rule as having too many exceptions to be worth learning.

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