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.
"An Elaborate Medieval Mnemonic,"
Word Ways: Vol. 17
, Article 11.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.butler.edu/wordways/vol17/iss2/11