‘i before e’

Can you weigh in on this
Ancient custom of feigned
Linguistic logic herein
Voided and outweighed
By more weird exceptions
Than primarily fancied?
The leisure of language
For society is neither
Easy nor sufficient
To explain the inefficiencies
Of rules deigned to make
Communication with our species
Less plebeian and more scientific
In neighbourly nature.
Either we avoid useless rules
As we discard old deities,
Or we unveil the truth,
That we are heirs to a system
Of failing surveillance.
We must end the reign
Of the surfeit ‘i before e’,
In all good linguistic conscience.

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About Paul Carroll

Paul Carroll is a writer, born, raised and still living in Dublin. By day he's a student and bookseller, by night he writes fiction and uses social media.
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