Daily Prompt: Mnemonic

Rainbow over Feldbrunnen

Richard of York, who was this guy, he lived so many years ago. He might have been forgotten, but his memory remains amongst us through one small menmonic event. Every time we have a rainbow in the sky, Richard celebrates a rebirth. He was born 1411 and died 1460. He wanted to become King but was too busy organising the colours of the rainbow. His children Edward IV and Richard III became kings, but they never really attained the fame that their father did.

Richard had his ups and downs in England and one day he was sitting at his castle window thinking of the purpose in his life. He never really left a mark on the history of England because it rained on his parade. However, the sun soon reappeared and the water drops split into various colours.

“Look dad” said one of his twelve children “a rainbow”. He could not remember which one of his children it was, but they all grew up to and never forgot their father. They remembered him by gaining battles in vain and colouring their lives with rainbow colours. Perhaps they were all colour blind, who knows. But Richard reminded them of the importance of a rainbow in life.

Richard of York gained battles in vain. He never became king, but the rainbow colours were his legacy in life.

“red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo violet”: colours that appear in a rainbow regularly in that order because Richard Of York Gained Battles In Vain. Yes, it was a waste to win battles, there was no point, but no schoolchild in England forgot the order of the colours of the rainbow, thanks to Richard of York.

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Daily Prompt: Mnemonic

10 thoughts on “Daily Prompt: Mnemonic

  1. I didn’t know that one. Now, I do. I remember the colors because … I don’t know. I just remember them. I may not remember my own name these days, but I remember stuff I learned in elementary school. Probably a sign of growing dementia.

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  2. Perhaps it’s the UK vs US perspective, but we were taught the name, “Roy G. Biv” to remember the order of the rainbow. Of course, the other mnemonics from my school days that stuck with me were “King Phillip Came Over From Great Spain” to remember Kingdom, Phylum, Order, Family, Genus, Species, in biology, and “Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally” to remember the order of operations in mathematics. (Parentheses, Exponents, Multiplication, Division, Addition, Subtraction). When I got to college, we had “Please Do Not Throw Sausage Pizza Away” to remember the 7 layers of the OSI model (Physical, Data, Network, Transport, Session, Presentation, & Application).

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    • The colours of the rainbow is the only one I can remember from my British schooldays. There was a rhyme for the days of the months that I always apply when wanting to know if it is 30 or 31 days

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  3. Very imaginative! 🙂

    I rather fancy though that the unsung hero is more likely to have been your science teacher than Ol’ Richard 😉

    I’ve often wondered about the ‘Seven’ colours of the rainbow as i have hardly ever seen a colour i would describe as ‘Indigo’ (anywhere least of all in a rainbow). Also all of the rainbows or spectra i have seen tend to have a colour i would list as ‘Aqua’ more than they do an indigo.

    How does ROY.GAB.P sound? (…, Green, Aqua, Blue, Purple)

    Or as your teacher might have said it: “Richard Of York Gained As British Protector? 🙂

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    • I did get it from school, but more in general knowledge than .science. Indigo is more a paint box colour, something more into blue-Black I think. I am just glad to see a rainbow, they have a good photographic quality.

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