Living in the UK it has and always be drilled into us as children in school, that “i comes before e accept after c” – it’s a good rule which makes things easy for us English speakers.  A place for everything and everything in its place.  There are of coarse exceptions to this rule, well it won’t be English unless we had some minor rule tweaking.  So i comes before e accept after c?  What about cries, conscience,  beige, eider,  eight, either, height, heir, heist, neigh, neither, rein, science, seismic, seize, sheik, society, vein, weight, weir, weir.  I think you can see where I am going with this one.  As easy as the English language is some of us seem to be able to get confused with the simple i before e rule Sharm El Sheikh Sharm El Shiekh.

Another common misspelling of Sharm El Sheikh is spell it Sharm El Sheik, omitting the last h.  You’d think that Sharm had enough h’s in it but it hasn’t you need to use the final h, imagine eating fis fingers and after your meal cleaning your dis in the was basin.  Doesn’t make sense does it?

My last lexicon atrocity is perhaps the best.  Some people and you know who you are have reach this website and many others I guess (but not as cheap) wanting to stay in Sharm El Sheik, by searching for Sharm El Shake!  Just because the last word sounds that shake doesn’t mean you have to spell it that way!  What would they do if they went on holiday to Wales and took their girlfriend to Bangour, for the weekend?  How careful are the people of Caerphilly.

Searching the web and finding the place you want to go is a relatively easy thing to do, for I guess the majority of us.  But goodness knows how hard it is for those poor soles who just rely on Google to sort out their spelling mistakes and how they must pay through the nose for everything.

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