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Peg Memory System



  

Description

The Peg System is a mnemonic method for learning and remembering lists of items.

The method works by associating each item in the list with a previously learned "peg word" that represents the numerical position of the item..

For very short lists, peg words can be simple rhymes for the numbers, for example:

  1. Bun
  2. Shoe
  3. Tree
  4. Door
  5. Hive
  6. Sticks
  7. Heaven
  8. Gate
  9. Wine
  10. Men
  11. Leaven (dough)
  12. Shelve

For long lists, you can use the Major System to generate peg words for any number





Example

Suppose you wish to remember the order of signs of the Zodiac.

To remember this sequence, you would create memorable images that link together the peg word for each number with the corresponding zodiac sign. For example:

NumberZodiac SignPeg WordAssociation
1Aries (Ram)BunA ram with a bun caught in its horns
2Taurus (Bull)ShoeA bull in high heels
3Gemini (Twins)Tree Tweedledum and Tweedledee up a tree
4Cancer (Crab)DoorClosing a door against an army of crabs
5Leo (Lion)HiveA lion attacking a bee hive
6Virgo (Virgin)SticksA girl twirling batons
7Libra (Scales)HeavenCloud formation in the shape of a set of scales
8Scorpio (Scorpion) SkateA roller-skating scorpion
9Sagittarius (Archer)WineAn arrow shot at a glass of wine
10Capricorn (Goat)MenMen riding goats
11Aquarius (Water-carrier)Leaven Pouring water over bread dough
12Pisces (Fish)ShelveA shelf of fish heads

Comments

The Peg System (especially when combined with the Major System for generating peg words) is wonderfully versatile

The main disadvantage is that if you use the method for many lists, you may have trouble remembering which of many possible associations to the peg word is the correct one.

 

  
 




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