A Wierd Complaint

Honestly, I’m not a pain in the ass about spelling in general. But an error that gets repeated over and over. And it’s such a common word. It’s WEIRD not WIERD. Look at this from Webster’s:

**weird (wîrd)
adj. weird·er, weird·est.

    1.Of, relating to, or suggestive of the preternatural or supernatural.
    2.Of a strikingly odd or unusual character; strange.
    3.Archaic. Of or relating to fate or the Fates. **

We all know the I before E rule, but we also know there are exceptions. Weird, being, characteristically, a bit weird, breaks this rule.

Searching all fora for the last 5 days reveals 26 threads with the wrong spelling plus one with Weirddave misspelled.

For the love of peanut butter people, IT’S WEIRD!!!

::scanning OP for inevitable misspellings::

Do you have any other sites?

Man that sure is weird

Forget “weird”, how do you spell “dave”?

Again, I apologize.

really wierd

As unwieldly as the spelling rule ‘I before E except after C (and sometimes W)’ is to remember, you should yield to the pressure applied by certain spelling obsessed weirdos who like to throw the weight of Mirriam-Wiebster around the board. :slight_smile:

I would bet I’m at fault for a good percentage of those mistakes.

Maybe I’ll swap to using “odd” instead.

(sorry, everyone…)

I’m glad that’s what you were complaining about, because I clicked on the thread to begin with to tell you you misspelled ‘weird.’ Really.

“I before E, except after C/
Or when sounded like A, as in Neighbor and Sleigh/
Or in certain other WEIRD words.”

My 8th Grade English teacher told me it’s weird because “we” are weird.

As lame as that is, it’s how I remember, heh.

  • Tsugumo

another one from “webster’s”
Main Entry: choosy
Variant(s): or choos·ey /'chü-zE/
Function: adjective
Inflected Form(s): choos·i·er; -est
Date: 1862
: fastidiously selective : PARTICULAR

(this entry was not modified in the least–even the ‘caps’ were already there)

And you’re trying to say…?

Welcome to the SDMB, newmanitis.

Interesting username, too. Methinks you know my true identity. :wally