Zeus had many wives, Hera being his number one and his chief nemesis. But he was also married to Mnemosyne, the goddess of memory. Zeus sired with her the nine muses: Calliope, patron of epic poetry; Terpsichore, goddess of choral dance; Clio, presiding over history; Erato, over lyric and amatory poetry; Euterpe, over music; Melpomene, over tragedy; Polyhmnia, over sacred music; Thalia, over comic and bucolic poetry; and Urania, over astronomy.
   Mnemosyne came from a distinguished background, the daughter of heaven and earth (Uranus and Gaea). Her godly duty was to protect memory, and through her name has come the word mnemonics, the art of improving one's memory. In Greek, mnemonikos means mindful. The system mnemonics depends on association. A word, a name, a territory—almost anything can be used to stimulate memory. To remember how to distinguish stationery from stationary, for example, one might think of the fact that a letter has two e's and no a's. Therefore, the word for the paper on which letters are written is stationery.

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  • Mnemonics — Mne*mon ics, n. [Gr. ta mnhmonika : cf. F. mn[ e]monique.] The art of memory; a method for improving the memory; a system of precepts and rules intended to assist the memory; artificial memory. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mnemonics — “art of developing memory,” 1721; see MNEMONIC (Cf. mnemonic); also Cf. ICS (Cf. ics) …   Etymology dictionary

  • mnemonics — [nē män′iks] n. [see MNEMONIC] a technique or system of improving the memory by the use of certain formulas pl.n. such formulas …   English World dictionary

  • Mnemonics — Der Befehlssatz (englisch: instruction set, weshalb in der deutschen Sprache der Begriff Instruktion synonym für Befehl verwendet wird) bezeichnet in der Informatik die Menge der Maschinenbefehle eines Mikroprozessors. Der Umfang des… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • mnemonics — noun plural but singular in construction Date: circa 1721 a technique of improving the memory …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • mnemonics — /ni mon iks/, n. (used with a sing. v.) the process or technique of improving or developing the memory. Also called mnemotechnics /nee moh tek niks/. [1700 10; see MNEMONIC, ICS] * * * …   Universalium

  • mnemonics — noun /nəˈmɒn.ɪks,nəˈmɑn.ɪks/ The study of techniques for remembering anything more easily …   Wiktionary

  • mnemonics — The art of improving the memory; a system for aiding the memory. [G. mnemonikos, mnemonic, pertaining to memory] * * * mne·mon·ics ni män iks n pl but sing in constr a technique of improving the memory * * * mne·mon·ics (ne monґiks) the… …   Medical dictionary

  • mnemonics — mne mon·ics || nɪ mÉ‘nɪks / É’ n. principles and strategies of memory mne·mon·ic || nɪ mÉ‘nɪk / É’ adj. of or designed to assist the memory n. something that is designed to assist the memory (often referring to a word or group of words… …   English contemporary dictionary

  • mnemonics — plural noun [usu. treated as sing.] the study and development of systems for improving and aiding the memory …   English new terms dictionary

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