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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Definitions for mnemonic

  1. something intended to assist the memory, as a verse or formula.
  2. Computers. a programming code that is easy to remember, as STO for “store.”
  3. assisting or intended to assist the memory.

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Citations for mnemonic
When Pluto was demoted from planethood, the trusty mnemonic “My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas” had to be retooled. , "My Very Educated Readers Just Served Us Some New Planet Mnemonics," New York Times, January 26, 2015
We use little tricks and enticements to encourage compliance. For years, I held a mnemonics contest for the best entry to replace the traditional and insipid "Campbell's ordinary soup does make Peter pale…"… Stephen Jay Gould, Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History, 1989
Origin of mnemonic
1660-1670
Mnemonic stems from the Greek term mnḗmōn meaning "mindful." It entered English in the mid-1600s.