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Mnemonics, Palindromes
and word related items of interest.

We all have problems
remembering certain things or facts, one way to help is to devise
sentences or phrases which will jog our memories – these are called Mnemonics.

Below are a few of the
most popular:-


A quick
way to not only remember the names of Henry VIII  six wives but also in
which ordered he married them has been sent in by
Ethelmay Gillard

A Boy Said Come Here Please

A = Catherine
of
Aragon

B = Anne Boleyn

S = Jane Seymour

C = Anne of Cleves

H = Catherine
Howard

P = Catherine
Parr

 

Also, their demise –

 Divorced  –  Beheaded 
–  Died – Divorced –  Beheaded  –  Survived


A way to remember the order of the
planets in our solar system has been sent in by
Diana


M
ost
Vegetarians
E
at

Mouldy
J
am

Sandwiches
U
nder
No

Pressure.


M
ERCURY
VENUS
EARTH
MARS
JUPITER
SATURN
URANUS
NEPTUNE
PLUTO

An alternative version has
been received from Caroline Noon


M
y
Very
E
asy
Method
J
ust
S
peeds
Up
Naming
Planets 
!!

 

Another suggestion from
Amante Darmanin


M
y
Very Energetic

Mum
J
ust

Swam
U
nder

North
P
ier

 

All that you have got
to do now is remember the first “M” equals Mercury and the
second “M” is Mars.

 Of course Pluto is no
longer considered a planet so, perhaps, we are going to have to
think up some new ones!


Colours of the rainbow –


R
ichard

Of
Y
ork
Gave
Battle

In
V
ain

RED
ORANGE –
Y
ELLOW – GREEN –
B
LUE – INDIGO –
V
IOLET

Amante
Darmanin


 

Something similar is used in
electronics. The resistors are colour coded either Black(0), brown(1),
red(2) orange(3), yellow(4), green(5), blue(6), violet(7), grey(8),
white(9) 

Bad

Beer
R
ots

Our Young

Guts
B
ut

Vodka
G
oes

Well

I am not sure if this applies
worldwide.

Amante
Darmanin


PALINDROME
(a word or phrase that reads the same backward as forward) –

Neil, a trap! Sid is part alien!, 

Was it a rat I saw?

A man, a plan, a canal Panama!

Rise to vote, sir

No Roman a moron

Madam, in Eden I’m Adam

So many dynamos

Lager, sir, is regal

Go hang a salami, Bob, I’m a Lasagna hog

Cigar? Toss it in a can. It is so tragic

A Gassy Obese Boy’s Saga

Sums are not set as a test on Erasmus

Able was I ere I saw Elba (apparently
attributed to Napoleon)

 

Amante
Darmanin


LONGEST
PALINDROME

SAIPPUAKIVIKAUPPIAS
Saponite trader

SAIPPUAKUPPINIPPUKAUPPIAS

Finnish for “soap cup trader” but this is felt to be contrived.

Gerry Jones

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When I come across items of general
interest, rather than not make use of them, I will put them on this page for
future reference.

We recently asked if anyone new the
general term for people who collected things.  The response was amazing
and most people came up with the word “Packrat”
– not a term I am familiar with in the U.K.  This would appear to mean
people who collect anything and everything.

Having mentioned
that I was not familiar with the term “Packrat”, I received the following
from Jean Coyle which I thought may be of interest to others:-

“Well, June since you have not heard
the term, “packrat,” I thought I’d explain what it means in American
meanings. I went to my Webster’s dictionary for an official definition and
found that a pack rat (two words) is a rodent that has “well-developed cheek
pouches and hoards food and miscellaneous items.” The American term is one
word – packrat. I am a packrat, and I can tell you what it’s like.

1) A packrat is one who can never throw
anything away – she might need it one day.

2) A packrat is one who has one or more
storerooms (rented) where she can move her goodies back and forth – from
home to storeroom or from storeroom back to home, depending upon which one
she is currently trying to organize.

3) A packrat is someone to whom friends
and family bring their cast-off clothes, furniture, books, etc., knowing the
packrat will gladly take in all their junk.

4) A packrat is someone to whom friends
and family come who need hard-to-find items – knowing the packrat probably
has at least “one” on hand – if she can only find it.

5) A famous packrat in America is Delta
Burke, who (according to her recent TV talk-show appearance) has 30
storerooms full of her “stuff” – soon to be 36, when she moves from New
Orleans to Los Angeles.

6) A packrat is someone who must
constantly buy new stuff ’cause she can’t find the stuff that she knows she
already has – but just can’t find… (Like Delta Burke confesses.)

7) A packrat is someone who, no matter
what size bigger house she moves into, still needs a bigger house.

8) A packrat has newspapers from 1945
or so, her report cards from 1940, her babies’ hair locks (they’re 36, 37,
38, 40 and 42 years old now) and all their certificates, report cards,
games, etc.

June, I hope this helps explain the
“American native packrat.” As for me, I don’t hoard food – in fact, I don’t
“hoard” anything, but I can’t bring myself to turn down anything or throw
anything away. This includes empty boxes (I might need one to wrap a gift in
one day); empty cardboard rollers (I might need to wind something around it
one day – like Christmas tree lights) and plastic bags from the super market
(they come in so handy when needing a bag – and I have perhaps a hundred on
hand.) I also can’t throw away solo socks – I might find the missing sock
one day. This goes also for earrings – I might find the missing earring one
day.

And this new technology gives the
packrat even more things to hang onto – that is, I can’t throw away my old
DOS disks – there might be documents on them I’ll need one day. I can’t
throw away all the free CD’s for Internet access that I receive in the mail
– since I (or someone else) might need them one day. And on and on and on.

The native American packrat dreams of
her male household finishing out the attic so she’ll have more floor space
to put her stuff. She dreams of more shelves on which to put her stuff. She
dreams of storage units out back where she can put her stuff. And now with
the new technology, she spends hours “saving” stuff on her computer – like
June Jackson’s HINTS AND THINGS – she might need them some day.”

SOUND FAMILIAR?


Other terms submitted were:-

Hoarder                                  Katie
Belyea and Jenny Waldie

Antiquarian
or Compiler          

Clarkson Reed

Curator                          
        
Chris Santee

Accumulator
                           
“Hatara”

From Australia –
Magpies or “Bower Bird” – apparently this is a native Australian bird who
builds an elaborate bower on the ground and decorates it with a collection
of bottletops, bits of plastic, coloured pebbles etc.

     




Thank you Dave Halford



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