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rabbitheart's avatar

Which practical rhymes or sayings do you use often?

Asked by rabbitheart (785points) September 25th, 2009

Or, what are some of your favorites?

I’m not ashamed to admit I still think “righty-tighty, lefty-loosey” when I’m using a screwdriver. I’m sure we all have these rhymes or sayings that we learned as a child to help us remember practical details. Some of them come so naturally, it’s almost involuntary to chant “m-i-s, s-i-s, s-i-p-p-i” when spelling the state name. Which do you use? Or which ones have you heard that really stuck with you?

It would help if you could post the explanation for it too, if it requires one!

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filmfann's avatar

Bust the deal, and face the wheel.

filmfann's avatar

It was either that or: It puts the lotion on it’s skin, or else it gets the hose again.

Likeradar's avatar

“I bought a Mercury to get to Venus, but how on Earth will I ever get to Mars? Jumping Jupiter, Saturn sails on Saturday! Uranus told me Neptunes selling Pluto’s car.” I learned that in early elementary school to memorize the planets. It hasn’t left my head since.

Also, I say “You get what you get and you don’t throw a fit” all the time at work. Kids can be very picky about which cup or plate or popsicle flavor they get. I always add in “but you can trade.” I’m picky about my popsicles too :)

SuperMouse's avatar

30 days has September, April, June and November…

Sarcasm's avatar

Remember Remember
The fifth of November.
The gunpowder treason and plot…

evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

When in doubt, throw it out, which is a rhyme any cook worth his or her beans should know.

evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

and when spelling the name of that mighty river, I spell it Miss, iss, ippi.

tinyfaery's avatar

Stop! Drop! And Roll.

wickedbetty's avatar

See you later alligator…..
After a while crocodile
Todaloo caribou….
See ya soon raccoon….

evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

@SuperMouse I learned to count knuckles for the months which have 31 days or less. First knuckle = January, depression between it and second knuckle = February, second knuckle – March, etc, etc. It always works out perfectly. Coincidence? Who knows.

tinyfaery's avatar

In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue…

gailcalled's avatar

Oh Be a Fine Girl. Kiss Me Right Now. Smack.

This was the Harvard Spectral Classification System for the stars. Each letter corresponded to a certain type of spectrum, and therefore color, of a star. The letters also corresponded roughly to the temperatures, with O, the bluest, being the hottest. It’s gotten more complicated since I learned that.

Every Good Boy Does Fine. The notes on the lines of the treble clef.

And, to be sung to the opening theme of Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony;

This is a symphony that Schubert wrote and never finished, so why should we?

(Melody here appears in the left hand.)

filmfann's avatar

I learned that as Every Good Boy Deserves Favor.

augustlan's avatar

I before E, except after C and in words such as neighbor and weigh. Weird is a weird exception.

gailcalled's avatar

@augustlan (What about that pesky veil?)

Hobosnake's avatar

@gailcalled & @augustlan ”...except after C and when sounding like “A” as in neighbor and weigh…”

You forgot the rhyme lolz. and veil fits the “a” exception.

gailcalled's avatar

@Hobosnake: Veil sounds (at least the way in which I pronounce it) as though it has a diphthong…vay uhl.

knitfroggy's avatar

What’s the plan Stan?
And I call my friend Ann “Ann the Man” which pisses her off for some reason.

YARNLADY's avatar

When life hands you lemons make lemonade.

whatthefluther's avatar

When selecting between two options with seemingly equal result, doesn’t everyone : eenie, meanie, minee, moe…?
Of course when pretending it doesn’t matter, one must be prepared to substitute “aint” for “is”!
See ya….Gary/wtf

holden's avatar

Every Body Gets Drunk At Easter.

Facade's avatar

Never let them see you sweat.

whatthefluther's avatar

Never hug @Facade in @sccrowell ‘s view!

Adagio's avatar

@Super Mouse yes, how would we ever remember otherwise?

If a job is worth doing, it’s worth doing well I can still hear my mother saying that her father used to say it apparently

Roy G Biv Red Orange Yellow Green Blue Indigo Violet

majorrich's avatar

Righry.tighty. Lefty Loosy

Sarcasm's avatar

I don’t understand righty-tighty lefty-loosy. You can’t turn left, nor right (or rather, more correctly, you can’t turn left while not simultaneously turning right, and vice versa).

CaseyWVU10's avatar

“This too shall pass”

majorrich's avatar

The soundest advise that a man can heed, is to Plant no more gardeen then your wife can weed.

Judi's avatar

*E*very *B*um *G*ets *D*runk *A*fter *E*ating
I don’t know why that didn’t bold.

Zen's avatar

@evelyns_pet_zebra I know that one too with the knuckles! @Judi I still say Every Good Boy Deserves Favour.

I have a silly one, which isn’t even a rhyme, but it works for me: whenever I have to carry two things, say, two cups of coffee, to remember that the right hand cup is mine I hum to myself: Right is right for me. Silly I know.

Judi's avatar

@Zen, mine is for guitar strings.

Zen's avatar

@Judi I just thought you might be a little tipsy. ;-)

majorrich's avatar

Hi Zen, Hi Judy

Zen's avatar

@rabbitheart Am I the only one who says it” M – I , S-S-I, S-S-I, P-P-I?

majorrich's avatar

Nah. Sleeping meds starting to kick in, listen to the radio a bit then Marching Band competition all day tomorrow

tinyfaery's avatar

Nope @Zen. I do it to.

rabbitheart's avatar

@Zen, I think @evelyns_pet_zebra mentioned that they use a different way to learn it as well. I think I learned it as “m-iss-iss-ippi”, but a fellow student used “mis-sis-sippi” and it stuck with me. There’s definitely more than one way, and as long we spell it right, I doubt the river will smite us anytime soon. or the residents.

ragingloli's avatar

rymes are irrelevant
you will be assimilated
resistance is futile

PandoraBoxx's avatar

@wickedbetty, Not too soon, babboon

Zen's avatar

@PandoraBoxx When do you use Not too soon, babboon?

PandoraBoxx's avatar

I can sing the Greek alphabet.

PandoraBoxx's avatar

See you later, alligator. After awhile, crocodile. Not too soon, babboon.

PandoraBoxx's avatar

Also when people start asking pointless questions:
How much wood could could a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

And if they still won’t stop:
If Chuck Wood was a woodchuck, would Chuck Wood chuck wood?

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

Rhymes are memorable but rhyming does not make for truth.
If the glove doesn’t fit, you don’t have to acquit.

augustlan's avatar

@The_Compassionate_Heretic I think you missed a word there… “does NOT make for truth.” :P

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

That’s what i said

augustlan's avatar

No fair! Editing. Hmpf.

Lightlyseared's avatar

To remember the cranial nerves -

Oh, Oh, Oh, To Touch A Female Vagina Gives Virgins Amazing Happiness

Olfactory nerve
Optic nerve
Oculomotor nerve
Trochlear nerve
Trigeminal nerve
Abducens nerve
Facial nerve
Vestibulocochlear nerve/Auditory nerve
Glossopharyngeal nerve
Vagus nerve
Accessory nerve/Spinal accessory nerve
Hypoglossal nerve

aprilsimnel's avatar

@Zen – I learned it as:


There’s a nice little rhythm to it. But I really don’t use rhyming sayings or cliches in my day to day life, I’m realizing. None are occurring to me.

saranwrapper's avatar

Jiminy Cricket is still in my head telling how to spell encyclopedia. “It’s the encyclopedia. E-N-C-Y-C-L-O-P-E-D-I-A!”

Noel_S_Leitmotiv's avatar

‘It rubs the lotion on it’s skin. It does this whenever it’s told..’

majorrich's avatar

Are Woodchucks kind of like groundhogs?

Liquor on beer never fear. Beer on liquor never sicker.

PandoraBoxx's avatar

Leaves of three, let it be.

@majorrich, I believe they are related.

gailcalled's avatar

@majorrich: They are not related but the same animal.

Cute little guy

“The groundhog (Marmota monax), also known as a woodchuck or whistle-pig, or in some areas as a land-beaver is a rodent of the family Sciuridae, belonging to the group of large ground squirrels known as marmots. Other marmots, such as the yellow-bellied and hoary marmots, live in rocky and mountainous areas which may cause diseases, but the woodchuck is a lowland creature. It is widely distributed in North America and common in the northeastern and central United States. Groundhogs are found as far north as Alaska, with their habitat extending southeast to Alabama.


Zen's avatar

Anybody remember the Sesame Street (funny) alphabet song? I’ll write it out here phonetically: Ab – cdef – ghi- jklmnop – qrstu -vwxyz – somthing like “AB KADEF GEE JECKYL MNOP KER STU WITSEZ?

row4food's avatar

Never Eat Soggy Waffles:
North, East, South, West, clockwise from the top around the compass. Some people use Wheaties instead of Waffles

*I’ve also heard the notes on a music staff as Ernie Gave Bert Dog Food

Noel_S_Leitmotiv's avatar

You must be sure

That your girl is pure

For the Funky Cold Medina

majorrich's avatar

Beware of a smiling Broker. He makes money whether you win,or lose.

Bluefreedom's avatar

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

Centaur's avatar

“Look before you leap, still waters run deep!” (or you could dive into a lake and find out too late it is four feet deep?)

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