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Entry from August 13, 2018
“I before E except after C has been disproved by science”

“‘I before E except after C’ has been disproved by science” is a joke about spelling that has been printed on an ecard. Along with the word “science,” there are many other exceptions to the spelling rule.

“I before E except after C is proven wrong by science” was posted on Twitter by “K” on April 24, 2010. “‘I before E except after C’ has been refuted by science” was posted on Twitter by John Lister on October 25, 2010. “‘I before E, except after C.’ Disproved by science” was posted on Twitter by Sickipedia_Feed on April 9, 2011.


Wikipedia: I before E except after C
“I before E, except after C” is a mnemonic rule of thumb for English spelling. If one is unsure whether a word is spelled with the sequence ei or ie, the rhyme suggests that the correct order is ie unless the preceding letter is c, in which case it is ei.
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Some authorities deprecate the rule as having too many exceptions to be worth learning.

Twitter
K
@Thylascene
I before E except after C is proven wrong by science.
10:00 AM - 24 Apr 2010

Twitter
John Lister
@johnlister
“I before E except after C” has been refuted by science.
10:04 AM - 25 Oct 2010

Twitter
Not Here Anymore
@MovedAccountsJ
I before E except after C is proven wrong by Science
1:23 AM - 14 Nov 2010

Twitter
Vinh
@vinhluchini
Like. RT @acw86 @vinhluc I tweeted it too: “i before e except after c ... Another theory disproved by Science”
7:27 PM - 18 Feb 2011

Twitter
Sickipedia_Feed
@Sickipedia_Feed
“I before E, except after C.”
Disproved by science. http://bit.ly/ihK4gr
9:07 PM - 9 Apr 2011

Reddit—Jokes
I before E except after C.
submitted April 10, 2011 by _delirium
Yes another myth disproven by science.

Facebook
Nigel Latta
April 13, 2011 ·
The rule “I before E except after C” has been disproved by science… ☼

Google Books
5,000 Great One Liners
Compiled by Grant Tucker
London, UK: Biteback Publishing
2012
Pg. ?:
I before E, except after C: disproved by science.

13 October 2014, Leicester (UK) Mercury, pg. 14:
SMILE WITH STEVE
Steve Birch, Coalville This so-called golden rule - I before E except after C? I think it could be disproved by science…

Reddit—Shower Thoughts
“I before E except after C” is disproved by science.
submitted December 24, 2014 by forevergelo

Twitter
Crap Jokes
@TheCrapJoker
‘I’ before ‘e’ except after ‘c’ has been disproved by science.
9:11 AM - 23 May 2015

Reddit—Oneliners
I before E except after C has been disproven by science
submitted August 13, 2018 by nicklo2k

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityEducation/Schools • Monday, August 13, 2018 • Permalink