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Confused.com (The English Language makes no sense!)

12 Jul

“i before e, except after c. “

What a perfectly good well-rhymed rule. It’s ingrained into all of our minds by the age of 5 and has helped kids across the country score 10/10 in spelling tests. Except for the fact that it’s absolutely rubbish that is! 

I am currently tutoring a primary school girl with her spelling and it has only just occured to me how many spelling rules there are. Not only spelling rules but spelling rules with about 100 exceptions. Surely this means it is not a rule!

Here are some of the 212 words that have just decided to ignore the rules altogether.

SCIENCE, SPECIES, ANCIENT, SOCIETY, CAFFEINE, PROTEIN, BEING, BEIGE……

I’m getting bored now so I’ll stop there.

No wonder kids today find themselves lost in a maze of tricky spelling relating conundrums. Truth is, the English language is made up of a lot of half rules and we’re just expected to pick it up along the way. 

Oh well, perhaps with the use of computers in every classroom it won’t be long until we give up on spellings and throw the dictionaries out all together. That’s what spellcheck is there for after all.