A common mnemonic (memory aid) goes:
I before e, except after c, or when sounding like A, as in neighbor or weigh
Well, here’s an eye opener. Although this mnemonic may be helpful for some words, it really isn’t very reliable as there are more exceptions than words follow the rule.
Here’s another one about the I before E rule.
I before E except when you run a feisty heist on a weird beige foreign neighbor.
I read that 923 words do not follow this rule while only 44 actually do! I haven’t actually made the count myself.
Don’t understand that goofy sentence feisty means something like frisky; heist is a robbery, generally something of great value.