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A mnemonic ( /nəˈmɒnɨk/, with a silent "m"), or mnemonic device, is any learning technique that aids memory.

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Origin of the Indian version of the mnemonic for the planets

The most common planetary mnemonic is: My very educated mother just served us nine pizzas Another popular planetary mnemonic is: My very educated mother just showed us nine planets A planetary ...
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What is it called when words are grouped together by their first letter?

This method is often used in teaching, marketing, management, self-help books, for example: The 4 T's of success, the 3 D's of determination, etc. What is this process/method called?
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How to remember how to spell "unnecessary" [closed]

Every time I spell "unnecessary", I struggle to remember whether there are 1 or 2 n's, 1 or 2 c's, and 1 or 2 s's. Anybody have any strategies for remembering how to spell this word?
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Is there any mnemonic to recall use of have/has, including exceptions? [closed]

I can't remember where to use "has" and where to use "have". If I practice the exceptions and keep them revise few months I can toughly superficially memorize, but I again forgets them. I'm non-...
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What is a word or phrase that means "both achievable and challenging?"

The adjective "achievable" places an upper-bound on difficulty, whereas "challenging" is a lower-bound. I would love a word or phrase that binds difficulty in the sweet spot between these two. In ...
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Mnemonic for remembering how to spell "Guarantee" [closed]

It seems that I've been trying to remember how to spell guarantee for years, and I still find myself doing the right-click-fix, every. single. time. Are there any tricks / mnemonics for this word?
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Do you live on a farm?

This looks like a duplicate but it's not. Here is the 2013 question: In farms or on farms? The OP only wanted to know which sentence was grammatically correct. They live the quiet life on ...
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Past tense of “to lie” versus past tense of “to lay”

This part I understand clearly: present past past participle ------------------------------- lie lay lain lay laid laid I already understand that and so am not asking how to ...
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Mnemonic for parallel

Is there a nice mnemonic for the spelling of the word parallel I just can't remember how many "l" there are and where.
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Mnemonic for 'onomatopoeia'? [closed]

It's hard to remember its spelling because it has so many syllables, I often say it as 'on-na-ma-to-pee-a'... and even if I pronounce it correctly, the last few letters are a nightmare for me. Is ...
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Mnemonic for spelling 'anonymous'?

I have difficulties spelling anonymous because I have trouble remembering how to even say it. Is there an easy way to remember its spelling?
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Ways to Memorize "Discreet" and "Discrete" [closed]

I have a question about discreet and discrete. People tend to get these two words mixed up, and I would like to help them memorize these two words. Discrete: unconnected; separate Discreet: ...
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Is There a Way to Remember Nouns, Verbs & Adjectives [closed]

Is there a simple and concise way to remember nouns, adjectives and verbs aside from poems? I am aware of a number of poems available to aid memory, but I am looking for something a lot more simple. ...
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Mnemonic for "complement / compliment"

This is the only similar spelling mix-up in English that gets me every freakin' time. I can never remember which is which. One is a mathematical notion; the other is a nice thing to say. Does anyone ...
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Using the FANBOYS "for" in a series

I have a sentence that is constructed the same as this one: She bought food for a black cat, a white horse, a red dog, and a green frog. However, I feel the comma does not give enough pause for ...
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words for numbers

Since words are easier to remember than numbers, you construct a word from each group of numbers and then memorize the word(s) I would like to learn numbers by words, for example: 1=apple 2=red 3=...
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What's the history of the mnemonic "Father Charles goes down and ends battle"

If you work your way around the 'circle of fifths' you work your way through all the major scales. For example, starting with C major if we add one sharp, F#, we get G major. Adding a second sharp, C#,...
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A sensible mnemonic for "pseudo" [closed]

Whenever I go to use the pseudo- prefix, I always have to pause for a moment and decide what the correct e-u order is. Often times I get it wrong. Built in typo correction frequently helps, though ...
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How to differentiate between 'loose' and 'lose'

Does anyone have a good way of remembering when to choose lose instead of loose? I often find myself mistakenly using loose in emails and such when I really mean lose (which, in my mind, should be ...
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What's an easy way to remember when to use "affect" or "effect"? [duplicate]

Is there an easy way to remember when to use the word affect or effect in a sentence? It is very confusing, and I still get them mixed up.
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What words have “‑ei‑” (except in “‑cei‑”) pronounced [i:]?

The rule is that written ei is pronounced [i:] only after the letter c — or that what is pronounced [i:] is written ei after the letter c only. Here are exceptions I’ve found so far: foreign (...
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Mnemonic for remembering how to spell "mnemonic" [closed]

It is ironic that the name of a mental device which is supposed to make our lives easier is itself so hard to spell. Is there a mnemonic for the spelling of mnemonic?
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How does one remember the difference between a "stalactite" and a "stalagmite"?

Is there a good mnemonic for remembering the difference between "stalactite" (hangs down) and "stalagmite" (points up)?
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