Huzzah for Thursdays!
How you say it: [nuh-mon-ik]
What it is: adjective (meanings 1 and 2), noun (meanings 3 and 4)
How to pluralize it: mnemonics
What it means: adj. 1.) assisting or intended to assist the memory. 2.) pertaining to mnemonics or to memory. n. 3.) something intended to assist the memory, as a verse or formula. 4.) Computers. a programming code that is easy to remember, as STO for “store.” (Definition courtesy of Dictionary.com.)
Use it three times and it's yours! Using a word three times can help you remember it.
"'I' before 'e,' except after 'c'" is a commonly used mnemonic device.
When I was in grade school, I remembered the biological taxomonic categories of kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, and species using the mnemonic "Klingons plant carrots often; Ferengi grow squash."
Studies have shown that the use of mnemonics in teaching have a positive effect on test scores.
[Side note: That second sentence is a completely true statement. That mnemonic is actually what I used. No, seriously. Family of Trekkies...you know how it is. Unless you don't. But yeah, the textbooks hadn't added 'domain' in front of 'kingdom' yet.]
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