Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Thoer* (for Theory)

O before e except after th? That's just a theory and not a very good one at that. As, it turns out, is the one that goes, "I before e except after c." (Too many exceptions, not enough rule.) In the case of theory, OhioLINK finds 54 exceptions to the rule, proving that Thoer* is a typo of "high probability." So remember: your theory might not always be correct, but you can always spell it correctly. (Pictured is the exceptional 1918 Thor motorbike, manufactured by the Aurora Machine & Tool Company in Chicago, Illinois.)

Carol Reid

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