The word “mnemonic” is derived from the Ancient Greek word μνημονικός (mnēmonikos), meaning “of memory, or relating to memory” and is related to Mnemosyne (“remembrance”), the name of the goddess of memory in Greek mythology. Both of these words are derived from μνήμη (mnēmē), “remembrance, memory”. Mnemonics in antiquity were most often considered in the context of what is today known as the art of memory.
Ancient Greeks and Romans distinguished between two types of memory: the “natural” memory and the “artificial” memory. The former is inborn, and is the one that everyone uses instinctively. The latter in contrast has to be trained and developed through the learning and practice of a variety of mnemonic techniques. Source: Wikipedia
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It can be music
It can be Name
Expression or a Word
Funny Ode or Rhyme
It can also be Note
It’s up to your imagination
Which Mnemonic will work for You.
Here are some examples….
- The order of taxonomy:
Kids Prefer Cheese Over Fried Green Spinach
(Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species)
- The first eight U.S. presidents:
Will A Jolly Man Make A Jolly Visitor?
(George Washington, John Quincy Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren)
- The bones of the wrist:
Some Lovers Try Positions That They Can’t Handle
(Scaphoid, Lunate, Triquetral, Pisiform, Trapezium, Trapezoid, Capitate, Hamate)