When is a rule not a rule?
Not all rules should be considered rules. When there are more exceptions to the rule than there are rules, then it is a good bet that the actual rule is pretty worthless. These little rules are sometimes set up as a mnemonic device – something that helps you remember or teaches something by using association or easy to recite sayings.
One such rule that should not be a rule is: ‘i’ before ‘e’ except after ‘c’
And the reason? There are roughly 21times more words that break the rule than apply the rule. If that is the case then technically it cannot be a rule, but it is something taught in our schools and to young writers and spellers.
This is just an interesting FYI that I thought I would share with you.