Discussion in 'Gravel Trap' started by gethinceri, Feb 18, 2012.
Egin? What does Egin mean?
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The whole rhyme is — I before E except after C or when sounded as A, as in neighbour or weigh
But yes it is a stupid rule as there are a multitude of exceptions to it and should be banned....
beige, deign, feign, eight, feign, feint, freight, weight, veil, vein, rein, heir, neighbour
Words that don't follow the rule (Note some of these words have I before E even after C and they don't sound like A)
cleidoic, codeine, conscience, deify, deity, dreidel, eider, either, feisty, foreign, forfeit, gneiss, greige, greisen, heifer, heigh-ho, height, heinous, heist, leitmotiv, neigh,, neither, peignoir, prescient, science, seiche, seidel, seine, seismic, seize, sheik, society, sovereign, surfeit, teiid, weir, weird.
One of the things that makes English so rich is that words whish are either spelt the same or sound the same can have totally different meanings according to context, in other words multi usage.
I used to work at a joint venture company which was half British, half French. There was a mission statement in both languages, the French one was over a third longer than the one in English.
btw it was a great party tonight and the booze was flowing freely. I apologise if I am not totally clear. Sod it, no, I couldn't care less.
I wasn't aiming for perfect. I was aiming for legible.
jenov2003, it is acceptable to be deliberately wrong for comic effect.
Yes. For example, the thread title is deliberately incorrect.
teabagyokel - but that does open up the possibility of claiming comedy when actually one hasn't the faintest idea!
Obviously not the case with the thread title (look who wrote it!), so that means one has to have previous knowledge of the poster and then make a judgement as to the intention - blimey. A linguistic "it weren't me guv!"
For a pedant that was a terrible mistake!
When I ask where Peter's house is, what am I abbreviating with the apostrophe that I am not when I ask what colour its front door is?
Separate names with a comma.