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Thirty days has September,
April, June, and November;
All the rest have thirty-one
Excepting February alone,
Which has but twenty-eight,
‘Till leap year gives it twenty-nine.
You probably also know this rhyming mnemonic about the discovery of the
In fourteen hundred ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.
Another common type of mnemonic uses acronyms (AK-ruh-nihmz) to aid
memory. An acronym uses the initial letters of a word or phrase as a key. Here
are two different acronym mnemonics for remembering the names of the ﬁve
HOMES: Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, Superior
Sally Made Henry Eat Oranges: Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie,
See how this works? Here are mnemonic acronyms for remembering the
points of the compass:
Never Eat Shredded Wheat: North, East, South, West
Do you want to remember the order for tuning the strings on a guitar? Try
Elephants And Donkeys Grow Big Ears: E, A, D, G, B, E
As you can see, mnemonics are often silly, but that may help you all the more.
One of the most nonsensical and universally remembered mnemonics is a
sentence that includes every letter of the alphabet, and is often used by people
learning to type:
The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.