Monday, May 14, 2012

Seize the Inconsistency

For further demonstration of how slow yours truly can be, I offer the following.

Because the axiom "I before E, except after C" is insufficient, I long ago devised a more extensive mnemonic to aid my spelling (in the days before spell-check).
I before E, except after C;
or when sounding like A, as in neighbor or weigh;
or sounding like air, as in their;
or sounding like ear, as in weird.
And then, for some reason only known to deep recesses of my mind, at 1 AM this morning, I seized upon the realization that seize is also an exception to the rule.

And to think it only took roughly 6 decades -- well, it demonstrates something.


  1. Now I'm stuck looking for another.

    1. Well don't fret too much Ed. I can't think of another exception either.

      And now that it's not early AM hours, I seem to recollect that the reason I never added seize to the mnemonic is that the S in seize is the same sounds as the C in words like receive. So for all practical purposes the S (that little deceiver) is a C in disguise. :D

  2. leisure
    I've been staring at this screen for long enough.

    1. Does this prove that the proper pronunciation is Lay-zyor? LOL

      Nicely done.


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