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A mnemonic is a technique that aids memory via associations and cues. A popular one for remembering the biological taxonomy is Kids Prefer Cheese Over Fried Green Spinach (for Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species).

Similarly, understanding the differences between modernization, modernism, and modernity is easier if one can remember related terms:

ization = process & history (e.g., globalization);
ism = art (e.g., cubism)
ity = experience (e.g., activity)

Or, in learning names one might associate a characteristic with an aspect of the person and their name. For example, since I'm a sci-fi geek, I'm "Joseph the Jedi." But don't be like Michael Scott from The Office:

"I don't know you. But I need to know you in order to sell to you. That is why I have asked you to go around and tell me your names. I have an amazing mnemonic device by which I have now memorize all of your names. [pointing to people] Shirty, mole, lazy eye, Mexico, baldy, sugar boobs, black woman. I have taken a unique part of who you are, and I have used that to memorize your name. Baldy. Your head it bald. It is hairless. It is shiny. It is reflective, like a mirror. M. Your name is Mark."

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