Adult Books

i before e (except after c)
Old-School Ways to Remember Stuff

By Judy Parkinson

Subject: Bestselling I Used to Know That Series
Hardcover | 176 pages | 5 3/8 x 8
US$14.95 | CAN$15.95
Publication Date: 2008-04-14
ISBN: 9780762109173
“ Only the most ABLE are indispensABLE. ” “ Every Good Boy Does Fine. ” All of the mnemonics from your childhood are now in one ingenious collection.

Packed with clever verses, engaging acronyms, and hilarious sayings that can be used to solve a problem or cap an argument, i before e (except after c) brings back all of the easy-to-remember rhymes you learned in the classroom, including:

  • On Commas: A cat has claws at the end of its paws. A comma’ s a pause at the end of a clause.
  • Isosceles Triangles: To help distinguish between an isosceles triangle and all other types of triangles, this song sung to the tune of “ Oh, Christmas Tree” proved invaluable: “ Oh, isosceles, oh, isosceles. Two angles have equal degrees. Oh, isosceles, oh, isosceles. You look just like a Christmas tree. ”
  • Thirty Days Hath September: This verse, first learned in childhood, helps to recall how many days there are in each month. “ Thirty days hath September, April, June, and November; All the rest have thirty one, Excepting February alone, And that has twenty-eight days clear, With twenty-nine in each leap year. ”
  • Brief History of the United States: “ In fourteen hundred ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue, And found this land, land of the Free, beloved by you, beloved by me. ”

And of course:
  • I before E (except after C): i before e, except after c or when sounded like a as in neighbor and weigh.

Complete with a To/From gift plate and guaranteed to amuse and inform, this is the perfect gift for any language lover. Make this book a permanent fixture on your eReader, and you’ll have instant access to searchable knowledge. EPub ISBN: 9781606522646. Whether you need homework help or want to win that trivia game, this series is the trusted source for fun facts.

“ If you’re a student with lots of memorization to do, or if you’ve got an ageless student on your list, this little book, good stocking stuffer size, would make a darling and useful gift . . . Whether you need a trick for everyday living, like Righty Tighty, Lefty Loosey, something more complicated, like memorizing the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, or just want to have fun at your next gathering of word lovers, you’ ll find Parkinson’s book helpful. ” —


Judy Parkinson is a graduate of Bristol University. She is a producer of documentaries, music videos, and commercials, and won a Clio award for a Greenpeace ad. Parkinson has published four books and has contributed to a show of life drawings at the Salon des Arts, Kensington.