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The Great Mnemonics Thread.

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06 Dec 2012 16:53 #738955 by WOM
Well, I say 'Great', but we'll have to see. I mean, who'd have thought Mundane II would catch fire like it has.

Anyhoo, what little rules do you have for remembering things?

Like, dessert has two esses because you go back for seconds of dessert (as opposed to desert).

Like the gender of names Francis and Frances can be remembered because 'i' is in him and 'e' is in her.

That sort of thing.
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06 Dec 2012 16:56 #738956 by Gangster Octopus
Thinking of directions, despite many decades of serial map usage, I still have to use WE to remember which is west and which is east...
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06 Dec 2012 17:11 #738960 by alyxandr
A friend of mine depends on "righty tighty lefty loosey"; the fact that he has to say it out loud for it to work never fails to crack me up.
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06 Dec 2012 17:14 #738962 by treibeis
When speaking Swedish*, I remember the difference between he (han) and she (hon) using the following concise, snappy 'rule':

"Han sounds like Hans and Hans is a man, whereas hon is almost honey, which is what some people would call a woman."

Of course, by the time I've remembered that rule, the people I'm talking to have drunk so much stinging-nettle schnapps to relieve the boredom of waiting for me to say my piece that they're all comatose in their seats.

* That sounds like a) I can actually speak Swedish properly and b) I speak Swedish regularly.

The truth of the matter is that I can barely string a sentence together and almost never have to. And, even when I do, nobody has the faintest idea what I've said because I've mispronounced all the words.
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06 Dec 2012 17:28 #738967 by WOM
I still remember our Grade 7 shop teacher telling us how to properly light the acetylene/oxygen torch: "A before O or up you go" (points to heaven).
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06 Dec 2012 17:41 - 06 Dec 2012 17:41 #738970 by Evariste Euler Gauss
xkcd.com/809/

For some reason the idea of mnemonics reminded me of it.
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06 Dec 2012 17:41 - 06 Dec 2012 17:45 #738971 by treibeis
We had a maths teacher who regularly riffed "How many, multiply, take away, bring down". For some reason, he did it in a high voice.

Thirty-odd years later, I can still remember the riff, but can't remember what it was for. I think it was long division.
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06 Dec 2012 17:53 #738974 by Ginger Yellow

A friend of mine depends on "righty tighty lefty loosey";


What's this supposed to be a mnemonic for?
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06 Dec 2012 18:01 #738977 by WOM
Tightening/loosening screws and bolts.
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06 Dec 2012 18:01 #738978 by alyxandr
Screws, bolts, lightbulbs, &c.

Which reminds me -- could someone explain to me the meaning of the (newish?) goal celebration that looks a bit like the player is screwing a lightbulb into their ear?
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06 Dec 2012 18:06 #738979 by Wyatt Earp
How I need a drink, alcoholic of course, after the heavy chapters involving quantum mechanics.
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06 Dec 2012 18:25 #738984 by Alderman Barnes
And that stands for?

The only one I can remember at the moment is one that might interest you, WE. It's from my German teacher at school. DOGWUF: durch, ohne, gegen, wider, um, für - prepositions that take the accusative.
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06 Dec 2012 18:29 #738986 by alyxandr
It's a Piem .
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06 Dec 2012 18:36 #738987 by Alderman Barnes
Ah, right, I get it.
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06 Dec 2012 18:38 #738988 by Squarewheelbike
Being a regular pub quizzer, the old "My Very Easy Method, Just Set Up Nine Planets" always stood me good on solar system questions!
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06 Dec 2012 18:39 #738990 by Bordeaux Education
The best one I had recently was "Never Eat Cake, Eat Salmon Sandwiches And Remain Young" - necessary

I also use "Never Eat Shredded Wheat" - North East South West (in a clockwise direct)
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06 Dec 2012 19:12 #739002 by WOM
Dr & Mrs Vandertramp is how you remember the irregular french verbs.
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06 Dec 2012 19:51 #739016 by Heliotrope
On principle vs. principal, we were taught "The principal is your pal." Corny, but actually the principal was OK at most schools I went to, even the one who laughed when on the first day of 8th grade I got a schedule meant for a boy.
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06 Dec 2012 19:56 #739018 by Renart

WOM wrote: Dr & Mrs Vandertramp is how you remember the irregular french verbs.


Do they live in la Maison d'Etre?
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06 Dec 2012 19:59 #739019 by Diable Rouge

Bored of Education wrote: The best one I had recently was "Never Eat Cake, Eat Salmon Sandwiches And Remain Young" - necessary


Is that the only mnemonic that's actually longer than what you're trying to remember? Could never remember the DST sequence before coming across "Spring forward, fall back".
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