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It’s Siebel, not Seibel

Comments (10)

In the pet peeves category, I’ve seen Siebel misspelled several times already – by reputable, smart people (some with editors, some without) since the new year started. Guys and gals – i before e except after c for Siebel.

  • Bill Burnham

    OK, I fess up. It was me damnit! You really threw me off though by saying that “reputable and smart people” did it. It won’t happen again!

  • Dave Jilk

    Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones.

  • Richard Rodger

    The name sounds like it was originally a German family name, in which case the german rules apply: ‘ie’ is ‘ee’, and ‘ei’ is ‘i’ (yeah, its the wrong way round for us english speakers). Anyway, that gives S-ee-bel as Siebel.

    Of course, This could be a load of nonsense…

  • Brad Feld

    Oooh – that was mean. I’m a pretty good speller. I just have trouble with then and than (and things like that.)

  • direwolff

    Brought to you by the same folks who think that “nuclear” is spelled “nucular” ;-)

  • John Seibel

    What about words like neighbor and weigh; not to mention scores of other words. The i before e rule isn't all inclusive and especially wouldn't apply for proper names. My name is John Seibel, as in Seibel Shoes and Seibel Wine. Richard Rodger's account of the proper pronunciation is correct. As the Seibel Shoe ad says "Say Sy-bol"

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