Weekend Word Wrap: mnemonics

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First I want to congratulate Bill "T" on his winning entry from last week's Word Wrap. We thought reintarnation - the phenomenon of being reborn as a hillbilly "“ was rather clever and creative, especially given Bill's name: way to swap the T for the C, "T."

Today I'm all about mnemonics. First of all, let me just say I'm passionately in love with any word that starts with a consonant followed by the letter "n." I mean honestly, there needs to be more of them. Gnat, gnome, Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus. Love it"¦ thinking I'd like to name my own son Gnaeus someday, were I to have one. Of course, then there's pneumonia, which I like a bit less, for the obvious reasons"¦ but the word itself is still verbiage to my ears.

In case you don't recall, mnemonics are words or rhymes, or formulas that help us remember things. Anyone who's ever studied music knows "face" or "every good boy does fine," for the notes F-A-C-E-G-B-D-F, right?

One of my favorite mnemonics comes from the original Bad News Bears: when Walter Matthau says, "Never 'assume' anything or you'll make an ass out of you and me." For those who have trouble spelling, mnemonics come in handy, for certain. "Spring ahead, Fall back" is another type of mnemonic, as is that great song my wife always sings when we're trying to figure out which day to pay the rent: "30 days hath September, April, June, and November"¦"

So let's hear some of your favorite mnemonics from when you were a kid growing up. Turn us onto some new ones, please!

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February 2, 2007 - 2:46am
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