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OT I before E [was Re: Lies in education [was Re: The "loop and a half"]]

Thomas Jollans schreef op 5/10/2017 10:30:
> On 2017-10-05 06:47, Steve D'Aprano wrote:
>> On Thu, 5 Oct 2017 02:54 pm, Chris Angelico wrote:
>>> (There are exceptions even to the longer form of the rule, but only a
>>> handful. English isn't a tidy language.)
>> Even with the longer version of the rule, there are so few applicable cases,
>> and enough difficulty in applying the rule correctly, that the rule is not
>> worth the breath it takes to say it.
> Maybe we should just all switch to Dutch on this list. Might be easier.
> Certainly more consistent.

Although that way may not be obvious at first unless you're Dutch. (or 

There are a lot of exceptions, weird rules and other difficulties in 
Dutch as well; we native speakers just don't notice them that much.

The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge
faster than society gathers wisdom.
   -- Isaac Asimov

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