What is a mnemonic device anyway? It is a memory trick that you
invent or learn that is easier to remember than whatever you are trying to memorize or remember. It's a pneumatic
device for "pumping up your memory."
How does a mnemonic device work, and is it really worth the time and trouble to learn the device?
Imagine that you are a contestant on Jeopardy and you need to supply the name of the northernmost lakeof the Great Lakes. You already know the HOMES memory aid (Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie,
and Superior), but which one is the northernmost? Superior in this case refers to its size andits position (on a map, it's at the top) among the Great Lakes.
Congratulations! You just won
$10,000 because you were brave enough to "make it a true daily double."
Okay! Let's have some fun.