Monday, March 05, 2007

Handy mnemonic

I always forget categories of the classification of living things. I just read a mnemonic (like HOMES for the names of the great lakes) for easily remembering the categories, in Discover magazine...Kings Play Chess On Fine Grain Sand - kingdom, phyllum, class, order, family, genus, species.

Now if I can just remember the mnemonic I'll be fine. I guess making a mental picture of kings playing chess on sand would be helpful. We remember images better than words. Or maybe setting the words to a tune?

8 Comments:

Blogger Xris said...

King Phillip Came Over From Germany Swimming.

6:43 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

Most apropos for those living across the pond. Now you've got me picturing a king with his crown and scepter no less, swimming across the English channel. Some day in the future I'll wonder why I conjure up kings playing with sand and swimming the channel to play chess. Thanks a lot :)

9:56 AM  
Blogger Annie in Austin said...

Over at A Lake County Point of View,
http://lakecounty.typepad.com/life_in_lake_county/

Hank's been talking about binomail nomenclature and he notes that besides kingdoms there are now domains and Clades.

http://lakecounty.typepad.com/
life_in_lake_county/2007/02/
digitalis_break.html#more

Even if you can remember things, you still have to look them up on google just to see whether it's changed recently.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

11:28 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Annie,

For a moment there I couldn't figure out what the mnemonic- Over at A Lake County Point of View meant ;) OALCPV

Things move too fast for me - I barely grasp something and then it's already changed.

Thanks for pointing me to the lakecounty site - most literate and informative.

Besides the domains and clades Hank mentions, what to do with Series, Sports and Cultivars?

A tangled taxonomic tagine.

6:21 PM  
Blogger Blackswamp_Girl said...

Weird that you learned "HOMES" for the Great Lakes. We learned them in order from West to East: "Sally Made Harry Eat Onions" (Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, Ontario)

7:21 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Kim,
I learned HOMES from a Midwesterner, an Iowan to be more specific. I like yours better.
I read somewhere in the mist of time that the derivation of the word NEWS was actually a mnemonic for NorthEast WestSouth. Can't vouch for the accuracy.

3:49 AM  
Blogger a gardener said...

Back in Biology 101 we learned

King Phillip Crossed the Ocean For Great Suds (or S*x, depending on how adventurous the professor was feeling).

12:30 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi a gardener,
I guess there are as many mnemonics for the classification of plants as the number of people who create them, meaning many.
Yours must be a variation of the one Xris sent earlier or vice versa. Now you've got be total confused with so many pictures in my head.

3:57 AM  

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