Popular Mnemonics

Amnemonic is something that assists memory. (Mnemosyne was the Greek goddess of memory, and mother of the nine muses.) The most common ■■ forms are acronyms and verses, although my journey system could also be described as a mnemonic. In this chapter, I list a selection of the most common (and printable) ones: medical, historical, musical, mathematical, and legal.

It should be said that mnemonics don't meet with universal approval as a teaching method; academics dismiss them as exercises in idle wordplay, ditties for parrots who want to remember rather than understand. As far as I am concerned, there is nothing wrong with anything if it helps you to remember.

Having said that, I do wonder about the effectiveness of one or two of the following, some of which I have included solely for their literary cjuirkiness.

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