The last mnemonic clue or clues dealt with the
problems caused by the words unanimous and
anonymous. (If you missed it you can find Mnemonic Clue of
the Week 38 on the web site:
www.learningdifferences.com). The clues involved how to
distinguish these words and remember their meaning. This week the
problem is how to remember the spelling of these two words.
The Mnemonic Clue
These spelling clues may be confusing to
individuals who do not have a problem with spelling; remember that
the individuals who find these clues helpful think very
differently than the most people.
The following clues can help people remember
the spelling of unanimous and anonymous.
Several clues are provided because what works for one person may
not work for another. The first technique for the spelling of the
word anonymous uses the mnemonic clue for remembering the
definition of anonymous -- a non you. This provides
the person with most of the letters in the word. The m
and s are added by remembering that both words
unanimous and anonymous are adjectives
and end in mous. The person spells anonymous
a non y ou then adds the m and s
-- a non y
m ou s.
If the person can spell anonymous, or
has learned to spell it using the clue detailed above, the
spelling of unanimous can be linked to the spelling
of anonymous. Both words end in mous, preceeded by either a
y or an i. This gives us ymous and imous.
Both words begin with the letter combination: vowel the letter
n vowel and the letter n. Adding this
element to the ending of both words looks like this: _ n _ n
ymous and _ n _ n imous. Since the letter
e does not appear in either word, it is not one of the
vowels. We fill in the a and o in the
word anonymous because we recall a non you.
For the word unanimous, we place a u
in front of the n and then we can use the a
that is the first letter in anonymous to remember
the second vowel.
Spelling Stacks is another technique that can
be used with these words. Stacks provide individuals with a
memorable pattern for each word. Knowing that both words have nine
letters is part of the memory clue.
a n i m o u s
a n o n y m o u s
u n a n
m o u s
n o n