'I before c' rule history

26th June 2009 at 01:00

New guidance on simplifying spelling from the National Literacy Strategy south of the border wants the "i before e except after c" rule consigned to the history books. It says there are so many exceptions that it is easier to learn the few words for which it does apply - receivereceipt, conceiveconceit, deceivedeceit. But Judy Parkinson, author the best-selling I Before E (Except After C), says teachers should be left to make up their own minds about how useful the rule is.

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