Memory triggers | Daily Prompt

This prompt is from The Daily Post‘s blog site where each day they provide a prompt that you can use to write about absolutely anything. I’m not planning to do this every day, but once a week at least.

The prompt for today is: Mnemonic.


What a great word. A mnemonic is a great way to remember things – using the likes of word associations, acronyms, rhymes, you name it. Here are some of my favourites from growing up:

Learning your left and rights: Hold your hands up in front of you with the thumbs perpendicular, you’ll see one forefinger and thumb forms an “L”, that’s your left!

Which way to screw things in: Lefty loosey, righty tighty. Simple but effective! Left to loosen and right to tighten.

Days in the months of the year: Using your knuckles, start from the left knuckle on your left hand, that’s January, then the depression between your knuckles, that’s February, and repeat. All the months on your knuckles have 31 days, and the depressions 30 days – except for February of course, that’s special.

Multiples of three: Ok this one is random, but if you want to know if a number is a multiple of three you add up each number till it becomes small enough for you to work out e.g. 18, if you add 1+8=9 which we know is a multiple of 3 (3×3=9). Take a bigger number, 465975 as an example, add those numbers together, 4+6+5+9+7+5=36, and if you need to break it down more add 3+6=9 and voila, confirmation that 465975 is divisible by 3.

Periodic table: Did anyone else learn the chant/song in highschool to remember the first 15 or so elements on the periodic table? H, He, Li, Be, B, C, N, O, F, Ne, Na, Mg, Al, Si, P, S, Cl, Ar, K, Ca. Hydrogen, Helium, Lithium, Beryllium, Boron, Carbon, Nitrogen, Oxygen, Fluorine, Neon, Sodium, Magnesium, Aluminium, Silicon, Phosphorous, Sulfur, Chlorine, Argon, Potassium, Calcium

Compass Directions: Starting from the top of a compass and working clockwise, repeat Never Eat Soggy Weetbix! Oldie but a goodie.

Soooo many more that I’ve not listed here, I could go on for days! And so incredibly handy for helping the ol’ memory to remember things, sometimes random things that we don’t use every day, but if you can remember the mnemonic, it works as a trigger to bring it all back.

Do you have any favourite mnemonics that you use?

Until next time.

Jaslyn.

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