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Spelling Mnemonics

Here are a few spelling mnemonics that may help you to learn tricky words. As with all mnemonics, only the first letter of the word is used.

argument: A Rude Girl Undresses; My Eyes Need Taping!

arithmetic: A Rat In The House May Eat The Ice Cream

because: Breast Enlargement Can Advance Underage Sexual Experimentation and also Big Elephants Can Always Understand Small Elephants and also Big Elephants Canít Always Use Small Exits

diarrhoea: Dining In A Rough Restaurant: Hurry, Otherwise Expect Accidents!

geography: George's Elderly Old Grandfather Rode A Pig Home Yesterday and also General Eisenhower's Oldest Girl Rode A Pony Home Yesterday

immediately: In My Mind's Eye Don't I Always Truely Everlastingly Love You - sent in by Julie James.

necessary: Never Eat Crisps - Eat Salad Sandwiches And Remain Young! and also Not Every Cat Eats Sardines (Some Are Really Yummy)

ocean: Only Cats' Eyes Are Narrow

rhythm: Rhythm Helps Your Two Hips Move

tomorrow: Trails Of My Old Red Rose Over Window

Non Mnemonic

Here's another great way of remembering a spellings when the confusion is only around numbers of letters, not the order in which they come:

Katy Mattick's students (thanks for sending this in) remember the tricky word, necessary with "1 collar but 2 socks!"

Sarah also suggested "one coffee, two sugars" for the 'c' and 'ss' issue in necessary and for "piece" ... "a PIEce of pie". Nice one - thank you!

We also like this for "accommodation" - "complete comfort & magnificently modern!"

Please do submit your own, or go back to our spellings page.

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