In message <email@example.com>, David Ames <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes ... >Elementary-school teachers sometimes assign inappropriate homework. >For example: "What was the name of Paul Revere's horse?" As if anyone >cares, but there is apparently no factual evidence that Paul Revere >owned a horse. Another one was to list all the words that are >exceptions to the rule concerning the order of "i" and "e." A >grade-schooler could think all night and not come up with a single one >on his own. Perhaps the teacher had a book and could have looked it >up. But there is no excuse for wasting a kid's time, when it is the >time in his life for him to be a kid. > >David Ames
But this is trivial. The rule is that "i" precedes "e" except after "c"