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Give us your funky word associations!

Asked by stratman37 (8678points) March 14th, 2011

Here’s mine. To remember the difference between stalactites and stalagmites, I think: “when the wife hangs her stockings on the shower rod in the bathroom, TIGHTS HANG DOWN.” and when someone shows off their muscle (might) the bicep points up. Get it?

So now, what are yours?

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lucillelucillelucille's avatar

Bobby pin in electrical outlet = Ow

stratman37's avatar

No, I mean how do you remember stuff? Here’s another one: starting from the bottom and working up, the names of the notes for the strings on a guitar are EBGDAE. “Every Body Goes Dancing At Eleven”.

stratman37's avatar

and they don’t all have to be acrostics…

xjustxxclaudiax's avatar

Never.Eat.Soggy.Waffles= North.East.South.West….......That’s the only way I can remember it U_U

blueiiznh's avatar

latitude and longitude – long lines run north to south
horizontal is horizon
planet order between uranus and neptune – your anus is closer than an underwater god

stratman37's avatar

@blueiiznh – THAT’S what I’m talking about!

blueiiznh's avatar

@lucillelucillelucille again learned by sleeping on the encyclopedia’s

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@stratman37 That is how I remember that.I call bobby pins “Ow- makers” and outlets “Ows”
A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do
@blueiiznh-All from sleeping on books? XD

xjustxxclaudiax's avatar

A couple years ago I was watching Blue’s Clue’s with my little sister and happen to hear this song..To this day I still remember it….....and sing it in my head when I need to remember the order of the planets again..

“The Sun’s a hot star,
Mercury’s hot, too.
Venus is the brightest,
Earth’s home to me and you.
Mars is the red one,
And Jupiter’s really wide.
Saturn’s got those icy rings,
And Uranus spins on its side.
Neptune’s really windy,
And Pluto’s really small.
Well we wanted to name the planets,
And now we’ve named them all.”

Coloma's avatar

Righty tighty, lefty loosey….
How many blondes does it take to change a screw? lol

Dutchess_III's avatar

Odd streets on the west side, E ven streets= E ast. As for North and South, we lived north of town….on the “odd” side (even though it wasn’t odd at all.) so I pretended to be sad that we lived on the odd side of town. So Odd=North, Even=“South.” So all YOU have to do is remember, for the rest of your life, that Dutchess grew up north of town, on the odd side of town, which wasn’t odd at all, actually. Got it?!

@blueiiznh Oh ga! I got it!

Austinlad's avatar

The only way I can remember what to do with the clock twice a year is “Spring Forward,” “Fall backward.”

Dutchess_III's avatar

I have a girlfriend who struggles with it every year because she won’t just leave it at “spring forward,” and “fall backward…” she gets to examining that that means in the spring you get up an hour later, which is a kind of falling backward and then she confuses her self. Every year I tell her to forget all that!!

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

I use a couple of the above examples:

Righty tighty, lefty loosey
North, East, South, West= Never Eat Shredded Wheat
Spring forward, Fall back

And I remember the difference between stalactites and stalagmites, by thinking, “Stalactites have to hang tite”.

sakura's avatar

Big Elephants Can Always Understand Small Elephants – this is how I teach the children in my class to spell because!

Coloma's avatar


False evidence appearing real. Love this one

ucme's avatar

Tighty whitey, needs a shitey…...on the rare occasion I may have a rumbly in my tumbly :¬(

WasCy's avatar

RICE = Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation = how to treat a sprain

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

@WasCy Oooh! I forgot that one! We learned that in our “Sports Medicine” class in high school.

Seelix's avatar

The way that I remember the difference between stalactites and stalagmites is this:
Stala C tites – C is closer to the beginning (top) of the alphabet, so stalactites are on the top (ceiling).

To remember the endings of second-declension Latin nouns (NAGDA being the order in which I learned them), I would sing the Witch Doctor song:
”-Us, -um, -i, -o, -o, -i, -os, -orum, -is, -is” instead of “Ooh, ee, ooh ah ah…”
It works for first declension too.

Sunny2's avatar

Learned for an anatomy class, mnemonic device for remembering the bones of the wrist: Never Lower Tilly’s Pants, Mother Might Come Home. The med students taught us this.

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