January 18, 2013
Things worth remembering
Over the years certain things I committed to memory long ago have turned out to be useful on a regular basis.
Below, some I invoke frequently:
1. 2.54 centimeters = 1 inch. I use this conversion several times every week, on the fly.
2. Not only... but also — it is not appreciated by most writers and publications that the words "not only" must always be followed by "but also." Even august publications forget this fact. I don't, nor should you.
3. "Misspelled" and "misspelling" are often misspelled. Two s's, two l's. Memorize it, then laugh whenever you see it wrong. Which will be soon and often.
4. ROY G BIV — Red Orange Yellow Green Blue Indigo Violet. The order of colors (longest to shortest wavelength) into which white light separates passing through a prism. Useful when you want to order groups of objects differing only in color: nature makes it easy to be natural if you know the drill.
5. "Red sky at night, sailor's delight; red sky at morning, sailors take warning." Not just for sailors.
6. "30 days hath September, April, June and November; all the rest have 31...." At least once a week I rerun this refrain in my head to pinpoint how many days till something happens.
What about you, joehead Nation?
What you got to make life easier?
Here's your big chance to strut your stuff under the bright lights for the whole world to marvel at.
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I before e
Except after c
Or when sounded like a
As in neighbor or weigh.
Posted by: Bee | Jan 18, 2013 9:11:58 PM
To Phil Doughan:
And antepenultimate is the one before that!
Posted by: Sue | Jan 18, 2013 4:37:45 PM
(Actually, probably none of that stuff will get put to use in regular everyday life, so I guess it should be filed under Not Worth Remembering. Never mind, then.)
Posted by: Flautist | Jan 18, 2013 3:39:39 PM
Way, way back I was taught these tunes to help learn musical intervals (interval notes capitalized)-
Minor Second: "Pink Panther" theme, first two notes
Major Second: HAPPY-BIRTH day to you
Minor Third: THIS-OLD man (also HEY JUDE)
Perfect Fourth: HERE-COMES the bride (also "Taps", first two notes)
Augmented 4th (Diminished 5th): MA-RI-a (from West Side Story)
Perfect Fifth: TWINKLE-TWINKLE Little Star
Minor 6th: WHERE-DO I begin ("Love Story" theme)
Major 6th: N-B c (NBC network theme)
Minor 7th: THERE'S-A place for us ("Somewhere" from West Side Story)
Major 7th: BALI HA'I is calling (from "South Pacific"; first sing octave, then down 1/2 step is Maj. 7th)
Perfect Ocrave: SOME-WHERE over the Rainbow (This tune and "Bali Ha'i start with octave then half-step down for Maj. 7th)
Also, RiBCRaM; leave out the vowels and RBCRM leaves the first letters of Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Modern. The usually accepted major divisions of classical music eras. Also "Medieval" is tacked on at the beginning, and "Twenty-first Century" at the end.
What else.... oh yeah, "Hand up, Head up, Blow then go." For compressed air breathing safety stuff.
Posted by: Flautist | Jan 18, 2013 3:31:04 PM
RE: ROY G BIV
Sadly, I recently learned that (like the planet Pluto) indigo seems to have been dropped from the "official" list of the visible spectrum. Seems that scientific consensus now is that it isn't distinct from blue and violet.
Some people theorise that Isaac Newton was a big fan of the "mystical" number seven, e.g. number of notes in a musical scale, days in a week, the number of "wandering stars" (see ancient greeks), etc.
Does that mean that now children in school are taught ROY G BV?
Posted by: Matt | Jan 18, 2013 3:01:31 PM
1. "Unique" means one of a kind, being the only one. It cannot be used after (modified by) words like very or extremely. Something cannot be "very unique," it is either unique or it is not.
2. "Penultimate" does not mean something that is above or greater than the "ultimate." It means something that is next to and just before (lesser than) the "ultimate."
Posted by: phil doughan | Jan 18, 2013 12:40:23 PM
Red right return - when sailing/motoring into a harbor.
Posted by: yogahz | Jan 18, 2013 11:57:14 AM
For easy approximation:
100km = 60mi (62.14)
100mi = 160km (160.93)
I can remember that there's a .6 or 1.6 multiplier involved. Doing the math and looking at the context usually gets me the right result.
This has helped me avoid speeding late at night in Canada. (No other cars around to judge by; my '76 Dodge Dart did not have a km ring on the speedometer.)
Posted by: Paul | Jan 18, 2013 10:25:36 AM
The thing that I learned during my 4 years in the Navy that I use the most: Lefty loosey, righty tighty.
Posted by: mark | Jan 18, 2013 7:10:24 AM
Virgins In Bed Give You Odd Results is an alternative to ROY G BIV
Posted by: David | Jan 18, 2013 2:06:29 AM
Belying my age:
Kingdom. Phylum. Class. Order. Family. Genus. Species.
LEO the lion says GER.
Loss of Electrons = Oxidation.
Gain in Electrons = Reduction.
i.e. - id est = that is
e.g. - exempli gratia = for example
Why do all of the "rainbow" flags leave out Indigo?
Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Jan 18, 2013 12:18:56 AM
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