I realise the reason I never do well at Quiz Nights is because they don’t ask the right questions. All the facts I’ve learned I’m never required to share. Mnemonics are supposed to help me remember, but then I forget what they stand for.
What’s – Great Big Hungry Elephants Nearly Consumed Panama, GBHENCP, until I remembered it is the seven countries of Central America. It’s easier to look at a map!
Likewise – Ants Drift Anticlockwise Longer Than Fleas. – the six counties of Northern Ireland!! But I can never remember these nonsense phrases.
Every school child knows – Richard of York Gained Battles In Vain – but I now understand that Violet might not be a colour in it’s own right in the rainbow.
Divorced, Beheaded, Died,
Divorced, Beheaded, Survived.
Easy, but who is who – All Boys Should Come Home Please –
Aragon, Boleyn, Seymour, Cleves, Howard, Parr – something else no-one is ever going to ask me.
Spelling is another matter – assassination – is made up of four short words – ASS ASS I NATION. It’s not a word I use very often.
Big Elephants Can’t Always Use Small Exits – I can spell that anyway.
What about – Dash in a real rush hurry or else accident.
I’ll leave you to work that one out for yourself.
Carol, the word-smith.