The language secrets you don't know you know

There are some English language rules that have been drummed into all of us from primary school days. You know how it goes:

‘I’ before ‘E’ except after ‘C’ - even though there are only 44 words that follow the rule, and 923 that don't (we guess this is where the 'A' as in 'neighbour' or 'weigh' rule comes in).

But there are some which are unwritten and people apply with their everyday speech nonetheless.

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