Memorizing the ASCII Codes

If you’re already an expert in the memory-peg system, memorizing the ASCII codes is a snap. Consider the following table

| tea    | alpha    | jail  | 65 | back        | 97  |
| Noah   | bravo    | judge | 66 | beef        | 98  |
| me     | charlie  | chalk | 67 | pipe        | 99  |
| ray    | delta    | chef  | 68 | thesis      | 100 |
| law    | echo     | chip  | 69 | toast       | 101 |
| jaw    | foxtrot  | chess | 70 | dozen       | 102 |
| key    | golf     | cat   | 71 | twosome     | 103 |
| fee    | hotel    | can   | 72 | dowser      | 104 |
| pea    | india    | cam   | 73 | diesel      | 105 |
| toes   | julliet  | car   | 74 | wood-sage   | 106 |
| tot    | kilo     | coal  | 75 | tusk        | 107 |
| tan    | lima     | cage  | 76 | adhesive    | 108 |
| tam    | mike     | cake  | 77 | teaspoon    | 109 |
| tar    | november | cuff  | 78 | tights      | 110 |
| tail   | oscar    | cap   | 79 | teetotaler  | 111 |
| tissue | papa     | face  | 80 | titan       | 112 |
| tack   | quebec   | fat   | 81 | totem       | 113 |
| taffy  | romeo    | fan   | 82 | Tatar       | 114 |
| tap    | sierra   | fame  | 83 | title       | 115 |
| nose   | tango    | fare  | 84 | death-watch | 116 |
| net    | uniform  | fall  | 85 | hot-dog     | 117 |
| nun    | victor   | fish  | 86 | auto-da-fe  | 118 |
| name   | whiskey  | fig   | 87 | teddy-bear  | 119 |
| nero   | x-ray    | fife  | 88 | dance       | 120 |
| nail   | yankee   | fob   | 89 | doughnut    | 121 |
| niche  | zulu     | base  | 90 | Athenian    | 122 |

It’s easy to construct mental images for these. For instance, for “W,” I picture a TEDDY-BEAR resting on a nicely made bed; there are FIGs and thistles around him (a reference to Edna St. Vincent Millay); There is a beautiful NAME card resting along side him leaning up against the pillow; and an elegant crystal glass with a touch of WHISKEY in it on the night-stand, and I can smell the Whiskey. Smells work really well for me — it’s my own little touch of synaesthesia. This little domestic scene is easy to remember. Whenever I need the ASCII code for “W,” I instantly smell “WHISKEY,” then see the TEDDY-BEAR (119, ASCII for uncial “w”) and the FIGs (87, ASCII for capital “W”). As a bonus, I see the NAME card (23) and am reminded that “W” is the 23-rd letter of the alphabet.

Another example: for “G,” a TWOSOME comes up to the GOLF tee with a siamese CAT following them. Easy peasy.

I left out of the table an additional set of keys that I use, but they only work for the first 22 letters and you have to be comfortable with Hebrew. One motivation for my learning Hebrew was my recognition the Hebrew origins of my beloved memory system. Here are my automatic Hebrew word pictures:

אריה  Aryeh    1 lion     tea     lion in a teacup
בית   Beit     2 house    Noah    booth or house on top of Noah's Ark
גמל   Gamal    3 camel    me      camels dancing on my shoulder in the mirror
דלת   Delet    4 door     ray     shining my laser ray on the door in the dark
הר    Har      5 hill     law     policeman stopping me from climbing the mountain
ורד   Vered    6 rose     jaw     Lurch has a rose clenched in his teeth
זהב   Zahav    7 gold     key     I unlock a box of gold with my key
חמור  Hamor    8 donkey   fee     I am shoving a pile of gold to the donkey driver as his fee
טייס  Tayas    9 pilot    pea     the cockpit is full of peas
יד    Yad     10 hand     toes    the woman is painting her toenails with her hand
כסא   Kiseh   11 throne   tot     Alice is sitting on a giant gold throne
לחם   Lehem   12 bread    tan     The tanning tray has a loaf of bread on it
מים   Mayim   13 water    tam     Orcas at Miami Sea World are tossing around a Tam-o-Shanter
נחש   Nahash  14 snake    tar     a snake is burning as he slithers across the hot tar
ספר   Sefer   15 book     tail    the tiger's tail acts like a bookmark
עין   Ayin    16 eye      tissue  she's crying at her sweet-16 party
פנים  Panim   17 face     tack    a picture of Liz Taylor is tacked to the wall
ציפור Tzipor  18 sparrow  taffy   the bird's feet are stuck in hot taffy
קוף   Qof     19 monkey   tap     chimps are dispensing the beer
ראש   Rosh    20 head     nose    Goliath's head in David's hand: giant nose
שלד   Sheled  21 skeleton net     A skeleton is chasing butterflies with his net
תנין  Tanin   22 gator    nun     A nun has an aligator on a leash

These are just bonus associations for the Hebrew enthusiast; not at all necessary for today’s topic.

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~ by rebcabin on December 14, 2013.

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