Why do these words end in ey?

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Moshe Samuel
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The following words are all spelled with ey. Is there a rule to explain why they are not spelled
just with a y?

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Thank you for any ideas, MoSam
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John Ings
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On Wed, 1 May 2002 23:03:26 -0500, "Moshe Samuel" <[email protected]> wrote:

[q1]>The following words are all spelled with ey. Is there a rule to explain why they are not spelled[/q1]
[q1]>just with a y?[/q1]

English is not a language that follows reasonable spelling rules because it is an amalgam of many
languages. When you mix Latin, Anglo-Saxon, French, German and who knows how many other spelling
systems you get the anarchy of English spelling conventions. Made up rules help only so far. "I
before E except after C" works in many cases, but look how we spell 'science', 'caffeine',
'counterfeit' and several dozen other words!

I think English spelling has to be treated like the reading of Chinese characters. There's some
organization to it but after a while you just have to memorize.
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