10 Lesser-known Mnemonics
Lesser-known because most are specific to my life.
- •SHO MESuperior, Huron, Ontario. Michigan, Erie. If you're looking at a map where north is up, it's the Great Lakes in order from left to right across the top and then across the bottom. Hat-tip: My seventh-grade classmate Alan.
- •PPPPPHHHHHHHloem = FFFFFFFoodFrom my ninth-grade biology teacher, a way to remember that phloems conduct food (and xylems conduct water). HT: Stephen Anthony.
- •KaHHHHeka = QuiJJJJJJJoteThis suffers from printed words that are pronounced not as they appear. I always used to confuse Kaheka Street in Honolulu with Kamakee Street, in a nearby neighborhood. They're very similar streets: You mostly use them as connections between major parallel streets. But only Kaheka gets you to Don Quijote. Alternate: KaHEKa is a HECKuva lot farther to walk from my house.
- •StalagMITES MIGHT reach the ceiling someday.A lot of people know this one, but I've always wondered if it was useful for anything beyond test-taking.
- •CLOSE is to CLOSEIn my house, you pull the string CLOSE to you if you want to CLOSE the vertical blinds.
- •Turn out the light at the end of the tunnel.I mutter this to myself when I emerge from a tunnel. Obviously, I don't obey the instruction if I'm driving at night.
- •It's RIGHT to COMPLIMENT someone.I could never remember which were complementary angles and which were supplementary angles, until my homeroom partner Suzy taught me this one.
- •Valkenburgh is spelled like Pittsburgh.Useful to a very tiny number of people I know. Is it --berg? --burg? --burgh? HT: Lou S., my former head of school.
- •ALL-RICEMinus the area code, my Google Voice number.
- •Kevin Put Cocaine On Fire; Got Stoned.Alternative to "King Philip Came Over From Germany Saturday." One of the guys in ninth-grade biology thought this was funnier, so of course we all found it easier to remember.