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What does Roy G. Biv tell you?

Compiled and partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled and partly written by Melvin Durai
February 2012
What does Roy G. Biv tell you? A mnemonic is a rhyme or formula used to assist in remembering facts.
For example, many remember how to adjust their clocks for daylight savings time with the formula: Spring forward, fall back.
Other mnemonics use the first letter of a series of words to form a new word. For example, the admonition to writers is KISS -- Keep it sweet and simple.

Below are mnemonics common in some circles, but less well known generally. Combine your knowledge with the process of elimination to match them.


1. Roy G. Biv

2. Every good boy does fine.

3. Do men ever visit Boston?

4. My very earnest mother just served us nine pickles.




8. Bless my dear Aunt Sally.

A. Order of British peerage.

B. Names of the Great Lakes.

C. Treatment for a sprain.

D. Colors in the visible spectrum.

E. The names of the planets in order outward from the sun.

F. Types of skin cuts.

G. Order for algebraic operations.

H. Lines of the treble clef.


1. (D) Colors in the spectrum: Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet.
2. (H) Lines of the treble clef are E, G, B, D, F. Spaces spell FACE.
3. (A) British titles in order of rank: Duke, marquis, earl, viscount, and baron.
4. (E) The planets are Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto.
5. (B) The great lakes: Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, and Superior.
6. (C) Treatment for a sprain: Rest, ice, compression, elevation.
7. (F) Types of cuts are puncture, abrasion, incision, and laceration.
8. (G) The order of mathematical operations: brackets, multiplications, divisions, additions, subtractions.

Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.
[Comments? Contributions? Please email us at melvin@melvindurai.com. We welcome jokes, quotes, online clips, and more.]

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