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Mnemonic

[ni-ˈmä-nik]

Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Greek, mid 18th century

1.

Of or relating to memory

2.

Made to assist memory

Examples of Mnemonic in a sentence

"I use the mnemonic device “I before E except after C” to help my spelling."

"My mnemonic abilities aren’t what they used to be — I keep forgetting what I need to get at the store."

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About Mnemonic

To recall the order of the planets in our solar system, from the closest to the sun to the farthest, a common mnemonic phrase used to be “My very educated mother just served us nine pizzas.” In this sentence, the first letter of each word corresponds to the first letter of a planet — however, since Pluto was reclassified in 2006, there is yet to be an equally popular revised version of that sentence.

Did you Know?

Mnemonic and memory are directly related, share the same roots, and have similar meanings. It's unclear why mnemonic retained the n and silent m of its Latin roots while memory dropped the n and kept only the m.

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