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Why is it true that “I before E, except after C”?

Both words are similar in pronunciation but different in spelling. Why is it that receive is written with ei but retrieve has the diphthong the other way round?

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    How is this a duplicate of the cited post? What is common between them? (I have analyzed both carefully.) – Kris Dec 14 '12 at 14:45
  • The question is not a duplicate per se, but they essentially have the same answer (discrepancies/inconsistencies in spelling are derived from the many differing roots of English words, especially French, Latin, and German). – Chase Sandmann Apr 30 '15 at 19:52