Quick now – which way do you turn your kitchen faucet handle to increase the flow?
That happens to be something that I always got confused! I finally – just today – figured out a way to remember. My taps have to be turned counter-clockwise. Now, “counter-clockwise” has more letters than “clockwise.” So if I want more water, I turn it in the direction of more letters!
Don’t know about you, but I seem to be increasingly forgetful as the years fly by. They say it’s a natural part of aging, but it’s so disconcerting!
I find that one way to deal with this – aside from whining and complaining, which of course I also indulge in – is to invent memory tricks. There’s a proper phrase for these: mnemonic devices. And I would use that phrase, except that when speaking aloud, I have a problem. I can never remember if it’s pronounced “nemonic” or “memonic.” There’s a silent letter in there, and whether it’s the n or the m, I give up! …Okay, I just checked the dictionary, and it says the m is silent, so it’s pronounced “nemonic.” Fine.
As I was saying: so more and more often, I try to come up with mnemonic devices in order to remember things. It doesn’t work with long lists, such as things to check that I have with me before I leave the house. Keys, purse, phone, water bottle, gloves, etc. For those, I just keep a sticky note next to the door. Of course, then I have to remember to look at it. Unfortunately, I often forget. 😦
Here’s another mnemonic device many of us will remember from our school days, if we took music as a subject:
- F-A-C-E – This is an acronym for the names of the notes on the spaces of the staff, going up.
- Every Good Boy Deserves Fun – The initials are the names of the notes (EGBDF) on the lines of the staff, going up.
I was good at creating acronyms in school! I remember getting an A in history because, for example, I made a word out of the first letters of “causes of the French Revolution.” There were only four or five main causes, according to my Grade 10 class. (Not that I recall them now, mind you! But I remembered them just long enough to ace the history test I studied for.)
So I am all in favour of mnemonic devices whenever and wherever we need them! Do you have any memory tricks that you use? Let’s share some!
Now I am going to SAWAF. (Sit And Watch A Film.)