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Mnemonics You Have Sent In




People are always sending me mnemonics to add to the site here at HappyChild, so I thought I'd give you a couple of examples of some of the new ones I hadn't seen before.


Matt Lunn aged 7 has kept me up to date with recent astronomical discoveries. Last year a new planet called Quaoar (why they don't call them something simple like "Dave" or "Eric" I'll never know!) was discovered beyond Pluto and so Matt (with the help of his Dad) has added another word to this timeless mnemonic:


My Very Easy Method Just Speeds Up Naming Planets Quickly


Which of course I'm sure you all know stands for


Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and the new one Quaoar.


Thank you to Matt for that :) Another variation on the planets theme was sent in by Marlene, a teacher of 30 years experience, who sent us the following mnemonic:


My Very Energetic Mum (Ma's/Mars) Jogs Slowly Under - Neath Pluto.


This of course doesn't take into account the new planet, so I wonder what we could use for "Q" at the end of this mnemonic?


Gordon Watts is a music teacher, and he tells us of how he used a mnemonic he invented himself to remember the lines of the Bass Clef (G, B, D, F,A).


"In my teaching I devised the following for the lines of the bass clef stave":


Giraffes Bow Down From Above


Thank you Gordon for your contribution :)


Joanna Kenny sent in a couple of spelling mnemonics, another variation on the Planets and how to remember when the clocks go forward or backwards:


because -


Big Elephants Can Always Upset Small Elephants


rhythm -


Rhythm Helps Your Two Hips Move


Another one for the planets:


Many Very Excited Monsters Jump Straight Up (the) North Pole


And for the clocks changing they go:


Forward First


A very nice collection of mnemonics there, so thanks to Joanna.


Dave Bramwell sent us a really interesting way of remembering the left/right, port/starboard, red/green challenge. He uses the following approach:


"The way I learned in Scouts some 45 years ago was that the short words of each pair belong together" - i.e.


Red shorter than Green


Belongs with


Left shorter than Right


Belongs with


Port shorter than Starboard


What a great way to remember this often-confusing nautical convention! - thanks Dave.



Well, I've trawled through our archives and that's all I have time to share with you for this month. Keep sending in your mnemonics, and I'll add more to the site in due course.




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