Is there a good mnemonic for remembering the difference between "stalactite" (hangs down) and "stalagmite" (points up)?
Here is one from my secondary school geography teacher that I will never forget:
stalactite --- ceiling
stalagmite --- ground
Stalactites hang from the ceiling; stalagmites rise from the ground.
As long as you remember what c and g mean in those words, you will never confuse them!
Stalac tites have to hold on tight! (So they don't fall off...)
Let me give you another mnemonic, closer to the heart of some:
Stalactite = tit
Stalagmite = you already remembered the tit one
This is how we remember it in Dutch, in which language it actually rhymes: stalactiet - tiet.
"When mites crawl up, they pull their tights down." That's how I always remembered it...
Stalactites hold tight to the ceiling, and Stalagmites might grow to meet them.
Stalagmites might reach the roof. Stalactites have to hold on tight!
Look to the shape of the capital letter: stalag M ite vs stalac T ite
Stalactites are st(l)uck tight to the ceiling.
Stalagmites are the other one.
Stalactite has the "lact" root in it meaning "milk", because, well, hanging from the cave roofs, they look like the thing on women's body that gives milk. All I need to do is think about lactating women.
'Stalagmites' contains the German word 'Stalag' (camp) which is better located on the floor of the cave. Stalactites are the other deposits on the ceiling of the cave.
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