My writing challenge
For the background to my writing challenge, please read my first blog by clicking the following link – http://wp.me/p1x6Ui-4. If you would prefer to dive straight into note 10, then read on…
What’s the rhyme?
I have always thought that the rhyme was i before e except after c, but according to Bernard Lamb’s book ‘The Queen’s English’, the rhyme is slightly longer “i before e except after c, when the vowel sounds like bee.” (or sounds like ‘eee’ according to a few educational websites I’ve found today).
On further research, I have found an article written by Mary Elizabeth which has a lot of information and might be worth a read: http://www.educationbug.org/a/i-before-e.html. She mentions the original mnemonic which appears to be i before e, except after c, or when sounding like ‘ay’, as in neighbor or weigh.
Some examples of mine:
Words containing ie, where the vowel rhymes with bee:piece and niece
Words not rhyming with bee (but instead rhyming with ay): reign, beige and vein
Where the ei is after the c: receipt and conceit
Some exceptions to be learnt:seize and protein
My thoughts: Although there are rules, you definitely need to think about which part of the rhyme the word fits into (if any) in order to get it right. Learning the exceptions would probably be the best idea and then you can rely on the rhyme for the rest.
Oh, and one last thing, my surname ‘Madeira’ is an exception to the rhyme and most of the time people hesitate when they spell it (unless they’ve been to the country, had the wine or eaten the cake).
It’s a very late finish again tonight. Depending on if you read this tonight or tomorrow, ‘have a good sleep’ or ‘good morning’!
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Bernard C. Lamb The Queen’s English (2010), UK