Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Schott takes aim at 'i before e, except after c'.

News again from National Public Radio or npr in the USA. They’ve recently noticed the jettisoning by the UK government of the 'i before e, except after c' rule.
Npr reports that Ben Schott has fixed the rule in his sights and declared it to be 'an annoying edict about an annoying rule'. On his blog he is quoted as saying "It's the kind of thing to seize a feisty, heinous foreigner like me. ... Seize, feisty, heinous and foreigner are all 'e before i' words that have no 'c'." - before going on to wonder whether the government hasn’t anything better to do.
I do like the introduction of 'poorgeoisie' into Schott's vocab, by the way.

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