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This article is from the Puzzles FAQ, by Chris Cole chris@questrel.questrel.com and Matthew Daly mwdaly@pobox.com with numerous contributions by others.

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Make a sentence containing only words that violate the "i before e" rule.

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From the May, 1990 _Word Ways_:

That is IE - Or, Is That EI?

by Paul Leopold
Stockholm, Sweden

"Seeing wherein neither weirdly-veiled sovereign deigned
agreeing, their feisty heirs, leisurely eyeing eight heinous
deity-freightened reindeer sleighs, counterfeited spontaneity,
freeing rein (reveille, neighing!); forfeited obeisance,
fleeing neighborhood. Kaleidoscopically-veined foreign
heights being seized, either reigned, sleight surfeited,
therein; reinvented skein-dyeing; reiteratedly inveighed,
feigning weighty seismological reinforcement."

The above passage appears in a book on the ecological conservation
measures of the enlightened plutocracies of antiquity, Ancient
Financier Aristocracies' Conscientious Scientific Species Policies,
by Creighton Leigh Peirce and Keith Leiceister Reid. . . .

Any beings decreeing such ogreish, albeit nonpareil,
homogeneity must be nucleic protein-deficient from sauteing
pharmacopoeial caffeine and codeine!

From an 'fgrep cie /usr/dict/words', with similiar words removed.
ancient coefficient concierge conscience conscientious deficient efficient
financier glacier hacienda Muncie omniscient proficient science
Societe(?) society species sufficient

A search through Webster's on-line dictionary produced the following exceptions:

Word: *cie*
Possible matches are:

  1. -facient               2. abortifacient          3. ancien regime         
  4. ancient                5. ancientry              6. boccie                
  7. cenospecies            8. christian science      9. coefficient           
 10. concierge             11. conscience            12. conscience money      
 13. conscientious         14. conscientious objector15. deficiency            
 16. deficiency disease    17. deficient             18. domestic science      
 19. earth science         20. ecospecies            21. efficiency            
 22. efficiency engineer   23. efficient             24. facies                
 25. fancier               26. financier             27. genospecies           
 28. geoscience            29. glacier               30. glacier theory        
 31. habeas corpus ad subjiciendum32. hacienda       33. inconscient
 34. inefficiency          35. inefficient           36. insufficience         
 37. insufficiency         38. insufficient          39. international scientific vocabulary
 40. library science       41. liquefacient          42. mental deficiency     
 43. mutafacient           44. natural science       45. nescience             
 46. omniscience           47. omniscient            48. physical science      
 49. political science     50. precieux              51. prescience            
 52. prescientific         53. prima facie           54. proficiency           
 55. proficient            56. pseudoscience         57. rubefacient           
 58. science               59. science fiction       60. scient                
 61. sciential             62. scientific            63. scientific method     
 64. scientism             65. scientist             66. scientistic           
 67. secret society        68. self-sufficiency      69. self-sufficient       
 70. social science        71. social scientist      72. societal              
 73. society               74. society verse         75. somnifacient          
 76. specie                77. species               78. stupefacient          
 79. sub specie aeternitatis80. subspecies            81. sufficiency           
 82. sufficient            83. sufficient condition  84. superficies           
 85. type species          86. unscientific          87. valenciennes          
 88. vers de societe       

 

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