Mnemonic

September 17, 2022

Mnemonic / noun / mne·mon·ic

Have you ever used a series of acronyms, words, or phrases to remember important information? We call these patterns and associations used to improve or enhance memory mnemonic devices.

Mnemonic is a word we use in English as a noun or an adjective to, specifically a sequence of words or images that help you remember a set of information.

In a Sentence

The physics teacher employed mnemonic devices to help his students remember complex theories and formulas.

There is an entire science devoted to the study of using mnemonic devices to create word associations that strengthen and improve memory.

Top corporations and technology companies encourage their employees to remember large data sets using acronyms and mnemonics to make remembering complex information easier.

Etymology

We derived the word mnemonic from ancient Greek and Medieval Latin words. The Greek words "mnemosyne" and "nōmēsis" have a definition that means mindful. English speakers first used mnemonics to describe memory aids and similar assistive devices used to improve memory around the 1800s. Etymologists show instances of mnemonics being used as early as the 15th century.

Synonym

Remindful, Clue

Antonym

Disentangle, Forgetfulness

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