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Seriously people, it's S H I E L D.

The rule of I before E except after C, or in weird cases such as when it sounds like "eye" (eg either, neither) still applies, even if it's in all caps. This is basic English language spelling.

Even if you don't want to believe me on that one, the acronym is for the following:

Supreme
Homeland
Intervention,
Enforcement, and
Logistics
Division.

(Brought to you by far too many fics where the acronym for the bureau in question is spelled with the key vowels in the wrong order).

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Date: 2012-08-29 11:16 am (UTC)
paradoxalpervert: (Default)
From: [personal profile] paradoxalpervert
I hear they no longer teach that rule because there are more exceptions to the rule than there are words it applies to.

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Date: 2012-08-29 11:29 am (UTC)
ozqueen: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ozqueen
This :) There was a hilarious segment on QI regarding this rule with Stephen Fry and Daniel Radcliffe, I believe.

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Date: 2012-08-29 11:43 am (UTC)
paradoxalpervert: (Default)
From: [personal profile] paradoxalpervert
QI is where I heard it from in fact.

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Date: 2012-08-29 11:31 am (UTC)
shanaqui: Tony Stark from the Avengers, talking, hand up. ((Tony) No hard feelings k?)
From: [personal profile] shanaqui
According to the shirt I'm wearing at the moment, it's Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement and Logistics Division.

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Date: 2012-08-29 11:36 am (UTC)
lielac: Richard looking grumpy and saying "This is the plane of suck." (suck)
From: [personal profile] lielac
I pronounce "either" and "neither" with a long 'e' sound.* :P

Still! Yes! People, stop misspelling things like that, my sanity will thank you! (It's a simple freaking six-letter word that shows up in all the places, where's the hangup?)




*Sometimes. It depends on the rest of the sentence.

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Date: 2012-08-29 12:08 pm (UTC)
shanaqui: Sarah from Supernatural, looking down. ((Sarah) Beauty)
From: [personal profile] shanaqui
I pronounce "either" and "neither" with a long 'e' sound.

Me too!

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Date: 2012-08-31 04:20 am (UTC)
musyc: Silver flute resting diagonally across sheet music (Default)
From: [personal profile] musyc
I pronounce "either" and "neither" with a long 'e' sound.*

This, indeed. Including the footnote. Depends on where in the sentence the word falls.

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Date: 2012-08-31 04:21 am (UTC)
musyc: Silver flute resting diagonally across sheet music (Default)
From: [personal profile] musyc
or in weird cases such as when it sounds like "eye"

And I was taught that it's except after C or "when sounding as 'ay' as in neighbor and weigh".

And then there's 'weird' hanging out right there, which fits NONE of the rules! XD

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