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Boost your memory by Darren Bridger

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Using acronyms

A quick and easy way to remember a list of connected facts.

Got a list of words you need to memorise? Acronyms are a great aide-memoire for summarising information down into a bite-sized chunk that your memory can easily swallow.

Acronyms are words constructed by putting together the first letters of other words. They act as a way of summarising, and hence make those words more easily memorised. They’re a relatively new phenomenon, only really taking off in the last fifty years and probably reflecting the development of scientific, technical and military fields in this time (as these are areas which are particularly fond of acronyms). The Oxford English Dictionary records the first use of the word in 1943. It comes from ...

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