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And--just pickin' on you, mind--I think the rule is, "i before e, except after z."
It's a word borrowed from German, so no English guidelines apply. (A language having a "rule" is silly, isn't it? especially since no language I've seen has a single rule without exception.) From what I remember from a year of German in High School, the pronounced vowel in the "ei"/"ie" combinations is always the latter vowel. So "ei" makes /aɪ/ and "ie" makes /i/ (IPA). But I'm pretty sure that this has an exception or two. A linguist could put this in much better terms.
Edit: incidentally, I'm pretty sure John knows that. 'Z' has special connotations around here, you know.
Well . . . he was just pointing out Modi's typo and trying to make a joking reference to the English spelling "rule" "'i' before 'e' except after 'c'." He is ignorant of whatever spelling rules there might be governing German orthography. He thought he was being clever; given, though, the rule (one with no exceptions that he's aware of) that if one has to explain the joke it does not become funnier, he realizes that perhaps he was mistaken as to his cleverness.
Ah well. He's appreciative of Fearful's benefit of the doubt and will now stop cluttering up this thread.