In school, one of my teachers, Mister Ball, gave us a mnemonic to remember the... something. Unfortunately, it has been a very long time and I only remember half of the mnemonic. I don't even remember what it was for.

Here is what I do remember:

Mister Manganese
Senior Senior

The first two lines rhymed with each other, but I don't think they were real words.

What was the first half of the mnemonic, and what was the mnemonic's meaning?

  • $\begingroup$ "Mr Mn Sr Sr"... $\endgroup$
    – Deusovi
    Commented Apr 11, 2016 at 18:00
  • $\begingroup$ @Deusovi rese, nese, mrmn, srsr ? $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 11, 2016 at 18:03

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The whole mnemonic is:

Reesee Neesee Mister Manganese Senior Senior

How I got there:

Mr. is short for Mister, Mn is the symbol for Manganese, Sr is short for Senior.

(Thanks to Raystafarian for the first two lines)

And the meaning of the mnemonic is:

RESE NESE MRMN SRSR which is the endings for definite articles in German.

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    $\begingroup$ "reesee neesee" rhyme and aren't real words. $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 11, 2016 at 18:04
  • $\begingroup$ @Raystafarian I wasn't sure it the first two lines somehow were related to the way I got the last two, but those would fit his clue description $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 11, 2016 at 18:06
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for helping me remember that the mnemonic Herr Ball taught me. $\endgroup$
    – Will
    Commented Apr 11, 2016 at 18:09
  • $\begingroup$ @Will is the herr ball a clue or a joke? $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 11, 2016 at 18:15
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    $\begingroup$ @Ray 'twas a joke $\endgroup$
    – Will
    Commented Apr 11, 2016 at 18:17

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