"Spring forward, fall back.” You’d think I’d remember the direction of daylight saving time without talking to myself. But, no, every season that I must reset my clocks, I need to stop to think for a moment.
"Spring forward, fall back.” You’d think I’d remember the direction of daylight saving time without talking to myself.
But, no, every season that I must reset my clocks, I need to stop to think for a moment.
“Is this the one where, when I don’t set my clocks, I get up early, realize that I have another hour in bed, fall back to sleep and then oversleep? Or is it the one where I just oversleep without waking up?”
Finally, I just resort to repeating that old saying: “Spring forward, fall back.”
Only then do I know for sure which direction to turn my clocks. Then, in the morning, I still oversleep.
Matter of Mnemonics
Familiar sayings are how I remember things. The website www.fun-with-words.com calls these sort of devices mnemonics, and it notes there are families into which the sayings fall: rhymes, catch phrases, spelling acronyms or list order acronyms.
Examples of the latter at the website were the colors of the rainbow –– red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. To remember them, you might remember, “Richard of York gave battle in vain.” But, to be honest, I think I could remember at least five or six of the colors — do you need all seven? — more easily than I could recall Richard of York.
Another example the website gave was the order of the planets –– Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Those who need to remember them in their proper order need only commit to memory the saying, “my very easy method: just set up nine planets.” Seems simple, so they say.
Spelling acronyms utilize sayings, as well. A guy could remember how to spell “geography” by remembering “General Eisenhower’s oldest girl rode a pony home yesterday.” It’s a good phrase, but a risky one. People who were born after World War II probably would recite, “President Eisenhower’s oldest girl rode a pony home yesterday.” What’s peography?
But learning “peography” is not my problem. Remembering daily tasks, however, sometimes is a trial for me.
Say you have something as simple as a screw or a nut to turn –– “righty tighty, lefty loosey.”
Repeating that phrase before I turned the screwdriver or the wrench made me an embarrassment to the family. Dad was a builder and repairer of things. I was the son who just spelled things.
Even that leaves me muttering to myself. I come to the point of needing to write “receive” –– I say “I before E except after C or when sounded as A as in ‘neighbor’ and ‘weigh.’”
Now I’ve noticed that the handy sayings are even necessary during my leisure time. I’ll see color in the sky and worry.
“Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky in the morning, sailors take warning.”
Wait a minute –– “leisure.”
“I before E ... except after C ... ‘neighbor’ ... ‘weigh.’”
Am I remembering the saying correctly?