According to Wikipedia, mnemonics are “any learning technique that aids memory” and I think they are wonderful things if you can remember them! A school friend (back in the ’80s) gave me a tip on how to spell the word necessary and I can honestly say that I have recited the following phrase in my head almost every time I have written or typed it since:
never eat chocolate, eat smoked salmon ‘ary‘ (where ‘ary is short for Harry! Probably not the best ending for a mnemonic).
I googled the word to find out if there are other mnemonics and they all appear to have the same sort of theme; all focusing around salmon and other healthy foods. Here are two from ict4us.com:
- never eat crisps, eat salmon sandwiches and remain young
- never eat crisps, eat salad sandwiches and remain young
If you are more of a visual learner, you might like this 2007 YouTube video by Jodiedebt where some children are teaching the spelling of necessary using the mnemonic:
never eat caterpillars, eat salad sandwiches and raspberry yoghurt
I think that’ll be the one I’ll teach my children!
Please leave me a comment if you have any others mnemonics for the word necessary.