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Richard Nordquist

Twenty Spelling Mnemonics

By May 27, 2011

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While we may not admit it, some of us still fall back on mnemonics to recall the spellings of tricky words--such as those in our list of the 200 Most Commonly Misspelled Words in English.

The most effective devices tend to be the ones we make up ourselves (and the sillier they are, the better). But some classic mnemonics can't be beat. So here, with thanks to my students and colleagues for their contributions, are 20 of the most popular spelling mnemonics.


For the complete article, go to Top 20 Spelling Mnemonics.


Comments

May 30, 2011 at 1:19 pm
(1) David says:

ARITHMETIC:
“A red Indian thought he might eat tobacco in church.”
Still works for me!
2 Y’s U R,
2 Y’s U B,
I C U R,
2 Y’s 4 Me

May 30, 2011 at 2:34 pm
(2) George Del says:

When entering a cave remember that stalaGmites grow from the ground and stalaCtites hang from the ceiling.

May 30, 2011 at 3:35 pm
(3) Carol says:

When I have to write words like “receipt” I always hear in my head: “‘I’ comes before ‘e’ except after ‘c’”.

May 30, 2011 at 4:19 pm
(4) Fahrenberg says:

MATHEMATICS:

HE sat between MATs playing with ICS (Integrated Chips)

May 30, 2011 at 5:11 pm
(5) Claudine says:

David, I learned that a trickier way:
YY U R
YY U B
I C U R YY 4 ME!

And George, thank you. Recalling which was which has always been tricky, and your hint will help me to remember.

Thanks Richard, as always.

May 31, 2011 at 9:28 am
(6) blarabee says:

Friend ends in “end.”

June 1, 2011 at 9:45 am
(7) Rahab says:

Learned this in elementary school: tom or row.

June 3, 2011 at 9:01 am
(8) Nancy J. says:

I still remember this from 1st grade:

arithmetic
A Rat In The House May Eat The Ice Cream

And Friends to the end.

June 6, 2011 at 2:03 pm
(9) Metalhaid says:

A mnemonic for guitarists: How to remember the letters of the strings (from top to bottom:)

Eat
A
Damn
Good
Big
Elephant

and from bottom to top:

Easter
Bunnies
Get
Drunk
At
Easter

:-)

October 17, 2011 at 7:04 am
(10) yasmina says:

hi ok i like this thing

Because = big elaphants can understand small elephants

May 14, 2012 at 2:21 pm
(11) Elsa says:

You left out the word “always”. It’s “Big Elephants Can Always Understand Small Elephants”. Otherwise you’ll leave out the “a” in “because”.

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