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8. The letter f, when written, has two loops; similar to the number 8.

9. The letter p is the mirror image of 9.

10. s or z is the first sound of the word zero; 'o' is the last letter.

As with the Number-Sound and Number-Shape systems, our task is to create a visual image that can immediately and permanently be linked with the number it represents.

Let us take for example the number 1. In order to assign to it a memory word we have to think of a word that is a good visual image and that contains only 't', 'd' or 'th' and a vowel sound. Examples include 'toe', 'doe', tea', 'the' and many others. When recalling the word we had chosen for number 1, let us say 'tea', we would know that it could represent only the number 1 because the consonant letters in the word represent no other number, and vowels do not count as numbers in our system.

Let us try another example: the number 34. In this case we have first the number three which is represented by the letter 'm' and then 4 which is represented by the letter 'r'. Examples can include 'more', 'moor', 'mire' and 'mare'. In selecting the 'best' word for this number you once again make use of the alphabetic dictionary-order to assist both in choice of word and in recall.

The letters we have to choose are 'm' and 'r', so we simply mentally run through the vowels 'a-e-i-o-u' order using the first vowel that enables us to make an adequate memory word. The case in question is easily solved, as 'a' fits in between 'm' and V to direct us towards the word 'mare"

The advantage of using this alphabet-order system is that should a word in the major system ever be forgotten it can literally be 'worked out' from the basic information. All you have to do is to place the letters of the number in their correct order and then 'slot in' the vowels. As soon as you touch the correct combination your memory-word will immediately come to mind.

Before going on, jot down the numbers from 10 to 19, letting the letter t represent in each case the '1' of the number. Next try to complete the words, using the alphabet-order system for these numbers.

Don't worry if this exercise proves a little difficult, as just over the page you will find a complete list of memory words for the numbers 1 to 100. Don't simply accept them—check each one carefully, changing any that you find difficult to visualise or for which you have a better substitute.

You now possess a peg memory system for the numbers from 1 to 100—a system which contains within itself the pattern for its own memorisation! As you will have seen, this system is basically limitless. In other words, now that we have letters for the numbers 0-9, it should be possible for us to devise memory words for the numbers not only for 1 to 100 but also for the numbers from 100 to 1,000! This system could of course go on for ever but I doubt that anyone would need more than 1,000 peg words.

On the pages that follow I have devised a list of key memory peg words for the numbers 100 to 1,000. After certain of the more 'difficult' words I have included either:

1. A suggestion for a way in which an image might be formed from the word.

2. A dictionary definition of the word, the definition including words or ideas that should help you to form your image.

3. 'New' definitions for words which place them in a humourous, or different, but certainly more memorisable form.

The remaining words have blank spaces following them. In the space provided you should write in your own key words for, or ideas about, the image you will be using.

In some cases, where the combination of letters makes the use of single words impossible, double words have been used such as Wo Cash' for the number 276, (n, hard c, sh).

In other cases it is necessary to include vowels (which have no numerical meaning) at the beginning of the word. For example the number 394 (m, p, r) is represented by the word 'empire'.

In still further cases words have been used, the first three letters only of which pertain to the number. For example the number 359 (m, 1, b) is represented by the word 'mailbag'. The final 'g' has no significance or importance.

Your next task should be to check carefully this Major System list. It would obviously be too much to ask you to do this at one sitting, so I suggest the more modest goal of checking, making images for, and remembering, a hundred words each day. As you go through the list make every effort to make your images of the words as solid as you possibly can.

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