For those that do not know, a MNEMONIC is a tool to help remember facts or a large amount of information. It can be anything, including a song, rhyme, acronym, image, or a phrase to help remember a list of facts in a certain order.
They are used a lot in early training on musical instruments…a way to remember the letters associated with the lines and spaces on printed music.
Every Good Boy Deserves Fun is a Mnemonic for the lines of musical notes on the treble clef…and it is the only one I can remember from my piano lessons some 50 years later!
I remember one from fourth grade math class……..
Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally (Parentheses, Exponents, Multiply, Divide, Add, and Subtract)
or How to treat a sprained muscle from first aid:
RICE (Rest the injured area, Ice the sprain, Compress with a wrap or bandage, Elevate the injured area)
I use Mnemonics to remember people’s names when I first meet them. I can remember numbers quite easily but names just sort of drift off into the mists…so I make a mental connection that for me is an immediate reminder of their name. I try to find some physical attribute and connect it to the name. It works about 80% of the time.
When it doesn’t work it can become quite embarrassing. I remember an old Seinfeld episode where Jerry was attempting to remember the name of a young lady that he dated…and he thought her name rhymed with a female body part….he just couldn’t remember which body part.