Saturday, 25 March 2017

'Many Volcanoes Erupt. Moldy Jam Sandwiches, Unusually Niffy. Phew!' And Other Mnemonics.

The planet dwarf planet Pluto.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.com
Last week I promised to explain what 'mnemonic' means, and any non-word nerds will most likely be disappointed to hear that I'm keeping that promise!

A mnemonic is actually a memory device or technique which helps you remember information.  For example...

'Many Volcanoes Erupt. Moldy Jam Sandwiches, Unusually Niffy, Phew!'

...is a mnemonic I learnt at school to help remember the order of the planets. The first letter of each word corresponds to the first letter of each of the planets, namely...

'Mercury Venus Earth Mars Jupiter Saturn Uranus Neptune Pluto.'

As I'm sure everyone knows, Pluto is no longer a planet, but people were stupid back in those days and classed Pluto as a planet even though its obviously a dwarf planet!

A rainbow, from red to violet.
Here's another mnemonic I learnt as a child to remember the colours of the rainbow...

'Richard Of York Gained Battle In Vain.'

Once again the first letter of each word corresponds to the first letter of the colours of the rainbow in sequence...

"Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet."

If you wanted to use a mnemonic to remember the order of the alien comedy 'How To Save The World' books...

The 'How To Save The World' books.
An Alien Comedy
Be Careful What You Wish For
By Whatever Means Necessary
Hopes And Dreams
Revenge And Justice
In The End, No-One Can Escape Justice

You might use something like...

'Awesome Brilliant Books! Hilarious! Read Immediately!'

Or alternatively...

'Average Bland Books. Halfway Run-of-the-mill Interpretation.'

Or finally...

'Abominable Brainless Books. Humdrum. Ridiculously Imperfect.'

But if you used the last one you'd be an idiot with rubbish taste. [citation needed]


When he's not waffling on about mnemonics, Charles Fudgemuffin is also the author of the critically acclaimed 'Remember to put the bins out' note. Other less notable works include his alien comedy 'How To Save The World' books. The first book in the series is currently free for kindle from Amazon.*

* For UK and US readers only.

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About The Author

The 'How To Save The World' books
by Charles Fudgemuffin
Charles Fudgemuffin is the author of the alien comedy 'How To Save The World' books which are available for Kindle from Amazon.  The first book in the series is available from the following link:
How To Save The World: An Alien Comedy

As with all Kindle books, you can also download a free sample of the first few chapters.

Please note, the 'How To Save The World' books contain material suitable for ages 18+ and are not recommended for prudes or squares.