An Elaborate Medieval Mnemonic

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Word Ways, Vol: 17, Issue: 2, Page: 11

Publication Year:
1984
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https://digitalcommons.butler.edu/wordways/vol17/iss2/11
Author(s):
Henrick, John
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Linguistics
article description
Every schoolboy is familiar with such memory aids as ROY G BIV for the colors of the rainbow or FACE for the interlineal notes of the treble clef. Far fewer people are aware of an elaborate but tightly-constructed mnemonic used in an earlier era to remember the various forms of the syllogism. To review, a syllogism consists of a major premise, a minor premise, and a conclusion.