Why do these words end in ey?Watch
just with a y?
Donkey Hockey Hokey-pokey Jockey Pokey Turkey
Alley Barley Galley Medley Motley Parsley Shirley Trolley Valley
Baloney Blarney Chimney Chutney Cockney Kidney Whitney
Thank you for any ideas, MoSam
[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.