A mnemonic (the first m is silent), derived from Mnemosyne, the Greek goddess of memory, is a device used to assist memory. Chances are that when you were in school, you learned or devised several mnemonics to memorize specific information—things like "All Cows Eat Grass" for the notes that fall on the spaces of the bass-clef musical staff or "My Very Easy Method Just Set Up Nine Planets" for remembering the names of the planets in the solar system. Mnemonic devices are effective for remembering listlike information that you will use repeatedly over time. They may not be as practical for remembering a one-time shopping list; pen and paper work better for this.

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