My favorite writing tips experts at DailyWritingTips.com sent the latest “tip” to my inbox and I had to literally chuckle out loud – at myself.
I was an honor roll and straight A student through grade and high school, excelling most especially in spelling and grammar – BUT – I still stop and recite that old “I before E except after C” reminder – and then have to also go through the ‘exceptions’. It got me to wondering, does anyone else still do this?
Is it any wonder that so many people seem to not “get it” when we make the rules so hard to learn and keep to? Am I alone in noticing or even caring?
Of all of the “rules” in spelling, this is, to ME, the hardest one to gloss over, but, to be perfectly honest, an error I see so often I am actually starting to gloss over myself in print books or signs, etc. and only really notice in documents, blog posts, articles and web pages.
The exceptions are listed in the article I referred to above. I copied and pasted that section out as a document for myself for those times I am in doubt. With so many things changing in the writing world, I do not feel we can ever relax now and just take for granted that the old ways are still the right ways. Ugh!
I try my best to keep up with all of the changes for my proofreading & editing assignments and for my own use.
What are your thoughts? I would love some comments!
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