I before E except when it's not

Tom Zurinskas truespel at HOTMAIL.COM
Sun Dec 27 19:05:15 UTC 2009

The lady from m-w.com speaking on "i before e" says "exactly" and "except" beginning with a short e.  M-w.com mandates a short i.

Main Entry: ex·act·ly
Pronunciation: \ig-ˈzak-(t)lē\

Main Entry: 1ex·cept
Pronunciation: \ik-ˈsept\

The speakers say short i agreeing with the script.  This may be UK English but not typical USA I would say.  Many words are like this and no secondary pronunciation is given even though representative from m-w.com speak short e instead of short i.

Basically this is an error.  Short e should be first and short i secondary pronunciation.  Does anyone say igzample?

Main Entry: 1ex·am·ple
Pronunciation: \ig-ˈzam-pəl\

Tom Zurinskas, USA - CT20, TN3, NJ33, FL7+
see truespel.com phonetic spelling

> Date: Sat, 26 Dec 2009 14:04:54 -0500
> From: bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
> Subject: Re: I before E except when it's not
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> Sender: American Dialect Society
> Poster: Benjamin Zimmer
> Subject: Re: I before E except when it's not
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> On Sat, Dec 26, 2009 at 12:00 PM, Laurence Horn wrote:
>> At 2:48 PM -0200 12/26/09, David A. Daniel wrote:
>>>Some months ago we went through a thread or two about the (in)applicability
>>>of the I Before E Rule. Here http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blog
>>>MW has one of their "Ask the Editor" clips on the subject. I thought it was
>>>cute and, in the Christmas spirit of sharing, am passing it on. And a jolly
>>>Ho, Ho, Ho to all.
>> Can you give (some of) us pointers on how to find it? When I clicked
>> on the above link, I just found the dictionary entry (definition,
>> etymology, etc.) for _blog_.
> Direct link:
> http://www.merriam-webster.com/video/0003-ibeforee.htm
> More "Ask the Editor" installments:
> http://www.merriam-webster.com/video/asktheeditor.htm
> (The videos also show up in the right column of the dictionary entries.)
> --Ben Zimmer
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