Laramie/i before e
The Great List of Words that don't follow "i before e except after c"
I TOLD YOU NOT TO GET ME STARTED. Now the wrath of He Who Was Lied To In Grade School is upon you. The One Who Was Lied To has obtained an electronic word list and has applied his vast Unix skillset to find the hidden truths. This document is the result of His efforts in unlocking this enigma, hidden in secrecy by Grade School Teachers of the Evil I-before-E conspiracy.
I am omitting names (Liechtenstein), except that you must know how to spell this name:
I'm omitting words with double ee's (absenteeism), or other reasonable places for an ei combination, such as glued-together words such as words formed on re-* and *-ing for example: being, wellbeing, reimburse, reiterate.
Also, plurals can form -cies, as in democracies, etc.
Note: there are no "iegh" words, only "eigh" words. Note: except for "floroscein", there are no words that contain "-cein".
In fairness, the rule that some grade school teachers use (not mine) is "i before e except after c or sounds like a." But this doesn't help completely, as you will see below.
"ei" without a "c"
beige deign, deity eight feign, feint feisty freight heir, heirloom geisha heinous homogeneity inveigh inveigle neighbor, neighborhood obeisant reign, rein, reindeer, sovereign seine (large net. When capitalized, the name of a river) sleigh surveillant, surveillance their, veil veiled, vein vermeil villein weigh, weight
(Except that many ie words that do follow the rule sound like "ee" also: field, grief, ... etc.)
caffeinate, caffeine, casein, cysteine leisure protein seize seizure sheik weir
ie after c
specie (word meaning in kind, or in coin, sometimes refers to gold, or gold coin)
-cies because of plural -cy words
Words based on greek stuff
science conscience conscientious science scientific scientist omniscient
-cient deficient efficient inefficient insufficient proficient sufficient ancient coefficient
Words you could sound out correctly because of a two-syllable ee-i or i-ay or ee-ay sound (or some damn French thing)
albeit theism theist atheism atheist deify deity nuclei simultaneity spontaneity
concierge financier glacier hacienda (follows Spanish pronunciation rules) societal Societe society
Just plain wrong
counterfeit forfeit height neither kaleidescope kaleidoscope leitmotif leitmotiv meiosis (mI-'O-s&s) seismic, sleight surfeit weird onomatopoeia onomatopoeic