Acrostic: n. a mnemonic device that consists of a verse, whereby the first letter in each word stands for something else
Acrostics work particularly well for memorizing items in a series. Like many other mnemonic devices, acrostics work because they provide a structure for learning a new concept, they are distinctive, and they provide cues for easy retrieval.
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