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grammargeek
Posted: Monday, May 25, 2009 6:25:45 PM
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I was reading the English Grammar thread on "i before e except after c" and other grammar rules or sayings we were taught as kids, and it reminded me of another little saying my mother made me learn.

30 days have September,
April, June, and November.
All the rest have 31,
except for February which has 28 (or 29 in Leap Year).

Once I committed this to memory, I never had to pull out a calendar again to remind myself how many days are in a particular month.

Does anyone have similar examples of things you were taught in order to remember practical bits of information?

McWilliams
Posted: Monday, May 25, 2009 6:57:31 PM
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When in nurses school and needing to remember the cranial nerves we used this:

Can't remember the names of the cranial nerves? Here is a handy-dandy mnemonic for you:

On Old Olympus Towering Top A Famous Vocal German Viewed Some Hops.

The bold letters stand for:

olfactory, optic, oculomotor, trochlear, trigeminal, abducens, facial, vestibulocochlear, glossopharyngeal, vagus, spinal accessory, hypoglossal.
risadr
Posted: Monday, May 25, 2009 11:04:08 PM
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I know mnemonics for the notes on both the treble and bass staffs.

Bass:
Space - All Cows Eat Grass (A, C, E, G)
Line - Good Boys Do Fine Always (G, B, D, F, A)

Treble:
Space - Space rhymes with FACE (F, A, C, E)
Line - Every Good Boy Does Fine (or Deserves Fudge) (E, G, B, D, F)
Kat
Posted: Tuesday, May 26, 2009 8:02:19 AM
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Here's one for remembering the colors of the rainbow:

"Roy G Biv"

Red, Orange, Yellow
Green
Blue, Indigo, Violet
early_apex
Posted: Tuesday, May 26, 2009 9:42:26 AM
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I once had a coworker who was an alumnus of Texas A&M. He had an Aggie calendar with helpful reminders for every day. The only thing I remember from it was the entry for Friday that said "TGIF". Below that it said: Toes go in first.
Christine
Posted: Tuesday, May 26, 2009 10:00:42 AM
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HOMES for Great Lakes

Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, Superior
Christine
Posted: Tuesday, May 26, 2009 10:06:45 AM
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My Very Educated Mother Just Saw Uncle Nick

Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune

order of the eight planets
grammargeek
Posted: Tuesday, May 26, 2009 1:15:18 PM
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You have all come up with some good mnemonics--some I've heard before and some I haven't. But I'm wondering more about those little memory formulas that do not rely on making a word or sentence by using the first letter of each word in a string of things to memorize.

Does anybody remember more of those little rhymes, etc.?

For example, I just thought of another one. The repairman for my grandfather clock taught me that if I want to adjust the clock to go a bit faster or a bit slower in order to keep the correct time, then adjust the pendulum such that "lower is slower."
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Posted: Tuesday, May 26, 2009 3:04:27 PM
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Rightie tightie, leftie loosie.

I could never remember which way to tighten/loosen things until I saw this somewhere.
kaliedel
Posted: Tuesday, May 26, 2009 3:12:15 PM
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Homer Simpson's rules on drinking: "If it's black send it back, if it's brown drink it down!"
grammargeek
Posted: Tuesday, May 26, 2009 4:24:02 PM
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That last one about Homer Simpson's rule on drinking actually reminds me of one I heard an actress say recently on a late night talk show. I don't remember who it was, but they got onto the subject of whether or not to flush the toilet after every use (because less flushing conserves more water). The actress said she still sticks with the rule she was taught as a child:
If it's yellow,
keep it mellow.
If it's brown,
flush it down.

And one more related to drinking--my ex-husband taught me this when we were dating and I was new to drinking alcohol. To keep from getting sick from imbibing in the wrong order, he said,
Beer on whiskey--always risky;
Whiskey on beer--never fear.

Keep 'em coming. These are getting to be good!
Christine
Posted: Tuesday, May 26, 2009 5:35:43 PM
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The phrase "Spring forward, fall back" helps people remember how Daylight Saving Time affects their clocks.
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Posted: Tuesday, May 26, 2009 7:14:59 PM
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grammargeek wrote:
I was reading the English Grammar thread on "i before e except after c" and other grammar rules or sayings we were taught as kids, and it reminded me of another little saying my mother made me learn.

30 days have September,
April, June, and November.
All the rest have 31,
except for February which has 28 (or 29 in Leap Year).

Once I committed this to memory, I never had to pull out a calendar again to remind myself how many days are in a particular month.

Does anyone have similar examples of things you were taught in order to remember practical bits of information?



That's kind of funny because I have said a few times this year, for the first time in my life, that I'll never remember which months have 30 or 31 days. February is easy because it's the only oddball month, plus the time in which I was born.

During February, I was at my CPA's office picking up my taxes, and I asked the secretary if he knew how exactly property tax bills are made out with the cost. I bought a house last May, but, I didn't receive an actual tax bill until late January. I knew the estimated total property tax cost for the house, but when I split that in half, that is not what my bill was. So I asked about this, and the secretary said he didn't know. A lawyer whose office was a few feet away stepped out and said he didn't mean to interrupt, but he heard my question and thought he had an answer to it. He asked me when we made settlement on the house, and I said May, well, April 31st. He jumped back and was like, what ! Then they pointed out that April only has 30 days. They laughed about it a lot but seemed to act maybe half-jokingly like I'd made the mistake on purpose to fool them. I definitely didn't. But your memory rule for the months is a good one. I don't think I've heard it before. I'll have to write it down and put it in my wallet so I can practice !

Oh, and the lawyer told me the amount billed is arbitrary or at least hard to figure out because of all the different institutions (county, municipality, school district) taking a cut of the money at different set periods in a year. I just hate not having clear-cut answers when it comes to my money being taken from me. Ha.
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Posted: Tuesday, May 26, 2009 10:49:23 PM
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Glad to be of service Prolixitysquared!
TB
Posted: Tuesday, May 26, 2009 10:55:21 PM
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"A red Indian thought he might eat tomatoes in church."

How I learned to spell arithmetic
TB
Posted: Tuesday, May 26, 2009 10:59:51 PM
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A bit off topic but I'm sure any boy-scout can tell you what I am doing if I "come out of the hole, go around the tree and then go back in the hole."
Christine
Posted: Tuesday, May 26, 2009 11:24:35 PM
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Another one...

The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.

When you first learn to type, this sentence has every letter.
nachochip
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My mom taught me how to remember the days of the month.
Make a fist with your left hand, then start counting on the first knuckle. That's january which has 31 days. Then the space before the next knuckle, february... a short month (hence the "valley"). Third knuckle, march (it's a bulge so it's a long month)... next a valley or a short month (april, 30 days). When you reach the 4th knuckle which corresponds to july you count back, but using the same knucle again for august.
Easy! and you don't have to actually remember a thing hehe Applause
chuckc4th
Posted: Tuesday, May 26, 2009 11:33:16 PM
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The knuckle one is also how I learned to do months.

The planets I learned as:
"My Very Earnest Mother Just Served Us Nine Pickles" (before Pluto was demoted)

Biology classification system was:
"Kings Play Chess On Fine Grain Sand" (Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus Species)
chuckc4th
Posted: Tuesday, May 26, 2009 11:48:40 PM
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The rabbit - tree - hole, is how to tie a bowline knot, a loop knot which does not slip.

Another nautical one was regarding weather:
"Red sky at night, sailors delight.
Red sky in morning, a sailors warning."

The booze one I learned in reverse:
"Liquor before beer, never fear.
Beer before liquor, never sicker."
TB
Posted: Tuesday, May 26, 2009 11:53:29 PM
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chuckc4th wrote:
The rabbit - tree - hole, is how to tie a bowline knot, a loop knot which does not slip.


Well done. Applause
chuckc4th
Posted: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 12:19:49 AM
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I before E, except after C, and when it sounds 'A' as in neighbor or weigh.
Must have been hard for Einstein, he had it 'wrong' twice in his name...
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chuckc4th wrote:
The booze one I learned in reverse:
"Liquor before beer, never fear.
Beer before liquor, never sicker."


Reminds me of
"Beer before wine makes everything fine,
Wine before beer makes everything clear"
but wait, then...
chuckc4th
Posted: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 12:57:42 AM
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Never could trust the i before e thing though,
unless you thought 'seize' and 'weir' are just 'weird'

bugdoctor
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"Red on black, venom lack. Black on yellow kill a fellow."
This phrase uses color to distinguish the poisonous coral snake from non poisionous species, like the scarlet king snake.

One other thing:
All these memory tricks are based on basic memory principles found in various 'memory books'. My favorite is an oldie by Harry Lorayne and Jerry Lucas entitled, appropriately enough, "The Memory Book." It's available for almost nothing plus shipping from various sources.
Rhondish
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kaliedel wrote:
Homer Simpson's rules on drinking: "If it's black send it back, if it's brown drink it down!"


Another Simpsonism (I am not sure which character)

" If it's clear and yellow
you've got juice there fellow.
If it's cloudy and brown
Welcome to cider town!"

I actually sent this to the marketing team at Starbucks, as they tried to pull off using apple juice for apple cider. I am from New Hampshire and this company is based in the state of Washington, two HUGE apple growing states, I was very dissappointed in them.
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nachochip wrote:
My mom taught me how to remember the days of the month.
Make a fist with your left hand, then start counting on the first knuckle. That's january which has 31 days. Then the space before the next knuckle, february... a short month (hence the "valley"). Third knuckle, march (it's a bulge so it's a long month)... next a valley or a short month (april, 30 days). When you reach the 4th knuckle which corresponds to july you count back, but using the same knucle again for august.
Easy! and you don't have to actually remember a thing hehe Applause

It's funny how some tips can be useful anywhere. This one to remember the lenght of the months using the knucles is a good example. I am Brazilian and my mother has also taught me to remember the months lenght like this.Applause
grammargeek
Posted: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 3:05:45 PM
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chuckc4th wrote:
I before E, except after C, and when it sounds 'A' as in neighbor or weigh.
Must have been hard for Einstein, he had it 'wrong' twice in his name...


Poor guy! But seriously, since Einstein is a German name, its spelling would not be bound by English spelling rules. I have no idea what the German rules are so don't know if it follows those or not.
grammargeek
Posted: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 3:20:36 PM
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Isabela wrote:
nachochip wrote:
My mom taught me how to remember the days of the month.
Make a fist with your left hand, then start counting on the first knuckle. That's january which has 31 days. Then the space before the next knuckle, february... a short month (hence the "valley"). Third knuckle, march (it's a bulge so it's a long month)... next a valley or a short month (april, 30 days). When you reach the 4th knuckle which corresponds to july you count back, but using the same knucle again for august.
Easy! and you don't have to actually remember a thing hehe Applause

It's funny how some tips can be useful anywhere. This one to remember the lenght of the months using the knucles is a good example. I am Brazilian and my mother has also taught me to remember the months lenght like this.Applause


I was thinking there was a trick to remembering which months have 30 or 31 days that involved doing something with knuckles, but I never learned that one. Thanks for explaining it to me, nachochip and Isabela. And you're right Isabela about how some of these things transcend specific countries and cultures. We've got Brazil, Mexico, and the U.S. represented by this one example.
grammargeek
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bugdoctor wrote:
"Red on black, venom lack. Black on yellow kill a fellow."
This phrase uses color to distinguish the poisonous coral snake from non poisionous species, like the scarlet king snake.


Now this is some useful information! I sure hope I remember this simple rhyme if I ever come across a snake in my path.

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"Red on black, venom lack. Black on yellow kill a fellow."

I was taught "Red and Yellow could kill a fellow. Red and Black a friend of Jack."
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Rhondish wrote:
kaliedel wrote:
Homer Simpson's rules on drinking: "If it's black send it back, if it's brown drink it down!"


Another Simpsonism (I am not sure which character)

" If it's clear and yellow
you've got juice there fellow.
If it's cloudy and brown
Welcome to cider town!"

I actually sent this to the marketing team at Starbucks, as they tried to pull off using apple juice for apple cider. I am from New Hampshire and this company is based in the state of Washington, two HUGE apple growing states, I was very dissappointed in them.


That's Ned Flanders.
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Posted: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 9:08:57 PM
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TB wrote:
"A red Indian thought he might eat tomatoes in church."

How I learned to spell arithmetic


Interesting one ! Luckily, I've never come into too many situations where I've had to spell that word. It's no irony either that I'm plain terrible with anything other than basic math.
prolixitysquared
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bugdoctor wrote:
"Red on black, venom lack. Black on yellow kill a fellow."
This phrase uses color to distinguish the poisonous coral snake from non poisonous species, like the scarlet king snake.

One other thing:
All these memory tricks are based on basic memory principles found in various 'memory books'. My favorite is an oldie by Harry Lorayne and Jerry Lucas entitled, appropriately enough, "The Memory Book." It's available for almost nothing plus shipping from various sources.


Oh jeeze. I hope I never need to implement your knowledge rule about snakes. They scare the you-know-what out of me.
Kat
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Chritine wrote:

"The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.

When you first learn to type, this sentence has every letter"


I beg to differ...there is no "S"
So the sentence must end with dogs rather than dog
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