Jeremy Boden wrote: > In message <firstname.lastname@example.org>, David Ames > <email@example.com> 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" > Glad you weighed in with that.