Acronymic mnemonics

Yesterday, in “One Big Happy mnemonics”, the distinction between expression mnenomics and name, or acronymic mnemonics, providing three spectacular examples of the former for spelling English words: among them, for ARITHMETIC:

 rat iTom’s house might eat Tom’s ice cream.

Now, a revisit to my 9/8/10 posting “NICE ‘n’ RICE”, with examples of the latter type.

From that posting:

NICE is the syntactician’s — especially the phrase structure grammarian’s — acronym for (some of) the most salient characteristics of English auxiliary verbs, characteristics that set them apart from main verbs. All in nouns:

Negation (with following not or n’t)
Inversion (in yes-no questions and other constructions)
Contraction (with a preceding word)
Ellipsis (of the complement: VPE)

… RICE — the orthopedists’ acronym for treating sprains and strains. All in verbs:


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