Saturday, December 17, 2011

English words from Greek gods: Mnemonics.

According to the Oxford dictionary, mnemonics is "the study and development of systems for improving and assisting the memory".
 According to the Ethymology dictionary, mnemonics is the "“art of developing memory", it is " from Gk. mnemonikos "of or pertaining to memory," from mnemon (gen. mnemonos) "remembering, mindful," frommnasthai "remember," from PIE base *men- "to think". The noun meaning "mnemonic device" is from 1858. Mnemosyne, lit. "memory, remembrance," was a titaness, mother of the Muses.
According to Wikipedia, Mnemoysne "was the personification of memory in Greek mithology. This titaness was the daughter of Gaia and Uranus and the mother of the nine Muses by Zeus."
Mnemonically is a word derived from the same root. 
We can see the use of the word mnemonics in this website


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