questionswhat's your favorite mnemonic?


"i" before "e" except after "c"...i use that one a lot.

Please Excuse My Dear (or dumb) Aunt Sally for mathematical order of operations.

i like your stalagmite/stalactite one...i think we used to just say "g" for ground = stalagmite, "c" for ceiling = stalactite


@kfujita: "unless it rhymes with hay, as in neighbor and weigh" is the corollary I grew up with. But sometimes you can't depend on either of those, because english spelling is weird.


I just thought of one from my son, who for many years was a police dispatcher:

What side of the road is a particular building on? Remember ONE -- odd numbers are on the north and east sides of roads.


@samstag: LOL! I learned it as a two-parter: "i" before "e" except after "c" or when sounded as "a" as in neighbor and way.

Geez, the stuff that comes back to mind after mumble mumble 50+ years.


@magic cave and @kfujita:
You mean i before e except after c as in these examples :)


@samstag: ah i forgot about that!

@magic cave: oh that's a good one to remember building numbers! i learned something new today


If this is not exclusively for spelling, then I use Ohms Law triangle to remember my formulas:

This means V = I * R or I = V / I or I = V / R

And for the resister color codes, I use the phrase:
Bad - Black 0
Boys - Brown 1
Rape - Red 2
Our - Orange 3
Young - Yellow 4
Girls - Green 5
But - Blue 6
Violet - Violet 7
Gives - Grey 8
Willingly - White 9


@magic cave: it might actually be "... as in neighbor or weigh".

Funny, I never thought about that until just now, but it would make sense.

Here are a few:

Kanagaroos Hopping Down Mountains Drinking Chocolate Milk (kilo-, hecto-, deca-, meter, deci-, centi-, milli-)

Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally (Parenthesis, Exponents, Multiplication and Division, Addition and Subtraction).


Stalactites must hold tite to the ceiling or they mite fall to the floor. I grew up in the Great Lakes area and I always liked HOMES (Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Eerie, Superior).


The one I heard was as follows:
Stalactites: Hang tight to the ceiling.
Stalagmites: Might reach the ceiling.
Stalag13: Housed Hogan and his heroes

j5 j5

Ones used for liquer!

I took a bartending course in college that was full of them.

A Mai Tai was RATS PM for Rum, creme de Almond, Triple Sec, S&S, Pineapple Juice, with a float of Meyer's Dark rum

A blue Hawiian was Rasta Boys Smoke Pot for rum, blue curacao, S&S, pineapple juice


My Very Enlightened Mother Just Served Us Nine...

...unfortunately, it no longer has an ending. Used to be Pizzas.

And you might know a song to tell you how many days are in each month...I use my hands. Knuckle = 31 days, groove = 30, with the exception of February of course. Start at your far left knuckle on your left hand, or if you are sinister, start with the far right knuckle of your right hand, and work your way in.


@stile99: 30 days has september, april june and november all the rest have 31, except in leap year, thats the time, when February's days are 29 :-)

I guess you just have to remember feb's days are normally 28, unless i left something out


@nmchapma: 30 days hath September, April, June, and Montana. All the rest have cold weather, except in the summer which isn't often. (Bugs Bunny, in the last cartoon before he became known as Bugs Bunny)


@stile99: Of course, if we were rational, we'd have thirteen 28 day, 4 week months with one spare day as a special holiday. It could be the first day of the year (Newday) or the last (Endsday). But thirteen is eeeevillll so we have this crazy randomness.


@cengland0: as somebody who dabbles a bit in electronics, I could never remember the resistor colors. But I think I will now.

@moondrake: Of course, once every 4 years we'd get another holiday somewhere for leapday :-)

@stile99: I think they teach it now as Nachos instead of Nine Pizzas, which is also better for you I think...


@rockytrh: Or we could just make Endsday 48 hours long. Wahoo!


I came up with one when I took organic chemistry for the thiol group. Thiols are in things with strong, sometimes unpleasant, odors and the group looks like "-SH" so I came up with "Thiols smell like sh-t."


A Rat In The House Might Eat The Ice Cream

King Philip Comes Over For Grandma's Spaghetti

@stile99: We learned it as My Very Elderly Mother Just Saw Uncle Ned [Puke].


@magic cave: I learned the "c" in stalactites stood for "ceiling" and the "g" in stalagmites stood for "ground"



Keep Pouring Coke On Fat Girls that Stink

Or, if you don't like that one:

Keep Pouring Coke On Funny Girls that Smile


To remember the 6 thinks we need to survive I was taught "run, zoo, tree, door, hive, sick"(1-6).
1:Run= running in the toilet=Water
2:Zoo=all the tasty animals=Food
3:Tree=Talking to trees= Oxygen
4:Door=In a burning building touch the door to see if it's hot= Need to be a certain temperature range.
5:Hive= Sitting on a bee hive= We need the right amount of pressure.
6:Sick=radiation makes us sick= we need to be within certain radiation levels.

I loved my Human Anatomy class, the teacher was awesome and he made everything exciting and fun.


@cengland0: Yep! Ain't English grand? By the way, you can't use beige, weight, eight, or vein, since they all fall under the exception of "or when sounded as 'a' as in neighbor or weigh."


@msklzannie @jazzsinger : King Phillip Climbed Over the Fence to Get Strawberries

What about the Schoolhouse Rock songs ?
Conjunction Junction

They have /had a whole bunch of catchy tunes........ a long time ago in a galaxy far far away...... or so it seems !


Not terribly useful in everyday life, but the two species of camels, dromedary and bactrian, have the same number of humps as the first letter of their name, i.e., D = one hump, B = two humps.


Stalactites hold tight.

My son's name starts with a 'G'. To help him remember how to spell words that ended in 'ght', my ex taught him "Gxxx Has Teeth".

Not exactly the same, but when son was little, someone taught me that you can make an "L" with your left hand (pointer finger & thumb) to remember Left. Son still uses it. Ex started using it because he never could remember them either.


@thunderthighs: About the left versus right hand, I learned it slightly different.

I write with my right. Both words sound the same. Obviously doesn't work if you write with your left but for me it does.


Colors of the Rainbow: Roy G. Biv


"Brian, what's the i before e rule?"

"I before e... ALWAYS."

"What are you, an idiot, Brian?"


"I before e except after c and when sounding like a as in neighbor and weigh, and on weekends and holidays and all throughout May, and you'll always be wrong no matter what you say!"


@pulsetv: "What are you speaking? German, Brian?"
"German. Jermain. Jermaine Jackson. Jackson Five. Tito!"


@j0hnlind: Came here for that, was not disappointed!