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The Great Mnemonics Thread.
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TOPIC: The Great Mnemonics Thread.

  • WOM
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posted 06-12-2012 16:53
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.
posted 06-12-2012 16:56
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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posted 06-12-2012 17:11
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.
posted 06-12-2012 17:14
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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posted 06-12-2012 17:28
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).
posted 06-12-2012 17:41
xkcd.com/809/

For some reason the idea of mnemonics reminded me of it.
Last Edit: 06-12-2012 17:41:48 by Evariste Euler Gauss.
posted 06-12-2012 17:41
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.
Last Edit: 06-12-2012 17:45:16 by treibeis.
posted 06-12-2012 17:53
A friend of mine depends on "righty tighty lefty loosey";


What's this supposed to be a mnemonic for?
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posted 06-12-2012 18:01
Tightening/loosening screws and bolts.
  • alyxandr
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posted 06-12-2012 18:01
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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posted 06-12-2012 18:06
How I need a drink, alcoholic of course, after the heavy chapters involving quantum mechanics.
posted 06-12-2012 18:25
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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posted 06-12-2012 18:29
It's a Piem.
posted 06-12-2012 18:36
Ah, right, I get it.
posted 06-12-2012 18:38
Being a regular pub quizzer, the old "My Very Easy Method, Just Set Up Nine Planets" always stood me good on solar system questions!
posted 06-12-2012 18:39
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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posted 06-12-2012 19:12
Dr & Mrs Vandertramp is how you remember the irregular french verbs.
posted 06-12-2012 19:51
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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posted 06-12-2012 19:56
WOM wrote:
Dr & Mrs Vandertramp is how you remember the irregular french verbs.


Do they live in la Maison d'Etre?
posted 06-12-2012 19:59
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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