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A mnemonic is a memory aid.

Mnemonics are often verbal, something such as a very short poem or a special word used to help a person remember something.

Mnemonics rely not only on repetition to remember facts, but also on associations between easy-to-remember information and to be remembered lists of data, based on the principle that the human mind much more easily remembers data attached to spatial, personal, or otherwise meaningful information than that occurring in meaningless sequences.

The sequences must have some connection to a person's existing semantic associations; if a random mnemonic is made up, it is not necessarily a memory aid.

Note:   The above text is excerpted from the Wikipedia article "Mnemonic", which has been released under the GNU Free Documentation License.
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