Receipt Please !

Discussion in 'Food & Drink' started by doman, Mar 9, 2007.

  1. Polednikova

    Polednikova Well-Known Member

    Just to confuse you even more, the piece of paper you're given in a shop is actually spelled 'receipt' not 'reciept'. In the good old days, when children in England were taught spelling and grammar, the rule to help you remember the order was: "i before e except after c." Hope that helps! (Or is it "as clear as mud" - one of my favourite expressions!)
  2. dzurisova

    dzurisova Well-Known Member

    :lol: Clear as mud. You are absolutely correct. And we Americans were also taught the rule, but I tend to ignore it when typing fast. Too bad this website doesn't have the good ole' Microsoft Word spell check that corrects it for you as you type. :wink:
  3. wer

    wer Well-Known Member

    That explains the often used forms Bernstien, Frankenstien etc. I always wondered about. :twisted:
  4. Sova

    Sova Well-Known Member

    It's amazing how studying a foreign language can teach one more about their native language! BTW, OED links the words receipt and recipe together. It also says that the words come from the same Latin word (not surprising perhaps), but lists recipe as the 2nd person imperative form, whereas receipt is derived from the past participle.

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