Spelling Tips: Weird or Wierd?
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  • 16th May 2021

Spelling Tips: Weird or Wierd?

If something is odd, is it “weird” or “wierd”? This word is easy to get wrong, but this post will help you spell it correctly in your writing. Read on to find out more!

What Does Weird Mean?

“Weird” is an adjective that means “strange, unnatural, or unexpected”:

This milk tastes weird.

Is it weird that I talk to myself?

What was that weird noise?

The word comes from the Old English word wyrd, which meant “connected to fate or destiny,” such as the “weird sisters” in Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

Over time, though, “weird” lost its supernatural edge, so now we use it for anything that seems strange. The adverbial form of this word, meanwhile, is “weirdly.”

The Error: Wierd

The word is often misspelled as “wierd,” with the “e” and “i” the wrong way round. This may be because they’re following the “i before e, except after c” rule.

Typically, this is a decent guide for spelling (e.g., believe, yield, receipt, deceive). But “weird” is an exception! The correct spelling always has “-ei-” in the middle:

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I wish you would stop being so wierd.

I wish you would stop being so weird.

That wierd man is back.

That weird man is back.

In other words, “weird” is a word with a weird spelling!

Summary: Weird or Wierd?

“Weird” is an adjective that means “uncanny or strange.” People often misspell it as “wierd,” perhaps because they want to apply the “i before e” spelling rule. To avoid making this mistake, then, keep in mind that this word has a “weird” spelling!

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Comments (5)
Derek Kinsolving
29th July 2021 at 21:32
Just remember if you're tempted to use the i-before-e rule: The spelling of weird is weird.
    23rd August 2021 at 14:28
23rd August 2021 at 14:27
Good And Helpful. Thx
madhav dar
26th February 2022 at 06:13
How about their? There used to be a word thier which I now rarely see. Gas there been a change in the i before e except after c rule? Is it accepted by the English and the Oxford English dictionary? Pl elucidate.
    28th February 2022 at 09:49
    As far as I know, "thier" has only ever been a misspelling of "their" (it certainly isn't a common word or spelling in modern English, anyway). Was there another use of "thier" you had in mind?

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