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I before E except after C

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NanKate Sat 08-Mar-14 16:38:42

Do you have any words you consistently can't spell ? Also do you have any clever tricks to help you remember them ?

I can't spell 'diarrhoea' (just looked it up). Fortunately it is a word I try and avoid. hmm

Pittcity Sat 08-Mar-14 16:46:08

Necessary - one collar, two studs.

And remember it's 'i before e, except when you run a feisty heist on a weird beige foreign neighbour'

Ana Sat 08-Mar-14 16:56:59

We were taught that i before e only applies to the 'ee' sound, otherwise there'd be far to many exceptions!

Ana Sat 08-Mar-14 16:57:17

'too many'

Pittcity Sat 08-Mar-14 17:10:57

I hate words that can have different spellings, such as medieval or mediaeval and the way that my spell checker insists that favourite does not contain the letter U even though it's set to UK English.

Don't get me started on apostrophes!!

NanKate Sat 08-Mar-14 17:17:39

I remember when Spellcheck was a new thing to me on my computer and for fun I incorrectly typed 'knickers' to see what would come up. I got knickers, knackers and knockers - need I say more grin

kittylester Sat 08-Mar-14 19:27:07

Lots since spellcheck!

My brother taught me a mnemonic for diarrhoea but I've forgotten it! I can remember the one for Leicestershire but I can spell that!!

Flowerofthewest Sat 08-Mar-14 21:21:15

I have always had a problem with diarrhoea and so had most of the staff with whom I worked at a day centre when it was often needed when filling in peoples' daily diaries! I suggested it be typed, enlarged and posted on the staff room wall but sadly no one wanted diarrhoea on the staff room wall!

NanKate Sat 08-Mar-14 21:25:32

We are bright young things can't we think up a Mnemonic for 'the runs' ?

Elegran Sat 08-Mar-14 21:42:26

Two arses an ache and an O E A.

NanKate Sat 08-Mar-14 22:45:34

You shouldn't make me laugh Elegran, I am supposed to be dozing off as we will be up early tomorrow.grin

Anne58 Sun 09-Mar-14 12:34:19

Done in a rush, really hurry or empty area?

Anne58 Sun 09-Mar-14 12:38:35

Perhaps dash in a rush, running hastily, over eager anus?

DebnCreme Sun 09-Mar-14 12:41:22

Wonderful phoenix grin

Charleygirl Sun 09-Mar-14 12:42:11

phoenix luckily with my background I can spell the word without resorting to mnemonics. With my brain I would not remember them!

I had I before E except after C drummed into me at school so I have never forgotten it and I do not think that I have ever made that mistake.

Anne58 Sun 09-Mar-14 13:00:06

Damn, I've a rectum, really huge, oh! exploding arse!

Charleygirl Sun 09-Mar-14 13:14:05

phoenix tut tut and on a Sunday!

Anne58 Sun 09-Mar-14 13:25:12


Anne58 Sun 09-Mar-14 13:32:54

Perhaps this is more appropriate?

Daintily, in a receptacle, rather hushed, oh, exotic aroma!

kittylester Sun 09-Mar-14 13:50:39

It is like your 'damn, I've.........' I'll text him and ask! grin

Charleygirl Sun 09-Mar-14 14:12:30

phoenix the last one is more appropriate for a Sunday, my delicate ears and sheltered upbringing!

kittylester Sun 09-Mar-14 14:34:20

'Dash in a real rush, hurry or exploding a**e' was how it was taught to DB's daughter shock