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Old 03-05-2012, 06:09 AM
 
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There isn't a week that goes by where someone doesn't mis-spell it as "Raliegh". Is it the "i" before "e" except after "c" rule that messes everyone up?
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Old 03-05-2012, 06:50 AM
 
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Lol. I am guilty of making the mistake. I'm from NY, maybe it's a NY thing.
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Old 03-05-2012, 07:11 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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There isn't a week that goes by where someone doesn't mis-spell it as "Raliegh". Is it the "i" before "e" except after "c" rule that messes everyone up?
Yes, I'm pretty sure it is. When you've never paid much attention to Raleigh, let alone had to spell it, it feels wrong to put the 'e' first, so your fingers automatically go to the 'ie'. I did it a few times when I was first moving here... it wasn't that I didn't know how to spell it, it was the fact that a habit is hard to break!
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Old 03-05-2012, 07:23 AM
 
Location: Morrisville, NC
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I agree, the fact that it goes against the normal rule makes it hard. I grew up here and never had an issue, but have always had a hard time spelling other words with ie. I often wonder if it's because of learning to spell Raleigh.
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Old 03-05-2012, 09:08 AM
 
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It doesn't go against a rule. People just apply the wrong rule. I before e does not apply to names (Sheila, Keith), and I doubt that Raleigh was originally pronounced with a long e, which is what the ie rule is for.
The eigh is also found in eight, sleigh, and weigh. The pronunciation of Raleigh may have changed a little, but it still follows that same spelling pattern.
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Old 03-05-2012, 09:23 AM
 
Location: NC Piedmont
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It doesn't help that so many of us (myself included sometimes) say it like "raw lee" either.
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Old 03-05-2012, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Sometimes you just gotta teach the newbies what we already know!

It isn't that easy to spell Mississippi or Cincinnati either, unless you live there or type it often! Did I spell it right???

Vicki
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Old 03-05-2012, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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This mistake is very similar to the one in southern Arizona: Tuscon. It's really spelled Tucson !!!
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Old 03-05-2012, 10:20 AM
 
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There isn't a week that goes by where someone doesn't mis-spell it as "Raliegh". Is it the "i" before "e" except after "c" rule that messes everyone up?
Yes. I am from NC .... had to learn all the county seats etc. And I still sometimes type the i before e when my brain is working faster than my fingers. Most of the time I catch it and change it. But not always.
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Old 03-05-2012, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Cary
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There isn't a week that goes by where someone doesn't mis-spell it as "Raliegh". Is it the "i" before "e" except after "c" rule that messes everyone up?
Prescient post -- it's a weird and heinous leitmotif of society. Neither of my neighbors (in their beige houses, ha!) seem to grasp the dictates of grammatical science, and they completely forfeit all weight of linguistic reason as if it were some foreign eighth wonder of the world. My conscience seizes from a surfeit of misspellings! But should we deign to correct the feisty masses in their heights of cleidoic orthographical blunders?

O omniscient deity, help us!
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