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June 12, 2009

10 Plagues Mnemonic

I'm sure you've never, ever, even once, wished you could remember the 10 plagues in Egypt in order. But JUST IN CASE, here's a way I just made up. Actually two. Take your pick. Can you tell I'm reading in Exodus at the moment? Now you'll be ready for that winning trivial pursuit question.

Blows From God Flowed; Liberty Bought; How Lord Delivered Finally.
Blood Frogs Gnats Flies Livestock Boils Hail Locusts Darkness Firstborn

Notice that where there are duplicate first letters (Bx2, Fx3, Lx2!), the second letter of the mnemonic word is the same as the second letter of the plague word, which helps a lot!

Before I noticed how many duplicate initials there were, I had come up with this other mnemonic, which I actually like better in general:

Before Fleeing Goshen, Frightening Lashes Bombarded Heavily; Lord Defeated Foes.
Blood Frogs Gnats Flies Livestock Boils Hail Locusts Darkness Firstborn

But it presents too many problems with the duplicate initials, unless you remember the order of the account already, in which case you don't need a mnemonic!

Let's have soft, thankful hearts towards God in the first place (there's no time like the present), such that we don't need any plagues to get our attention and get us to submit...

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That's a great final sentence.

Posted by: Martin LaBar | Jun 12, 2009 11:41:16 AM

How about: Black Frost Gnarled Flowing
Liquid Booze Halted Lounge's
Daiquiri Dancers

Posted by: Frank460 | Aug 21, 2010 8:06:34 PM

10 Plagues Mnemonic (amend)
Please amend last word to "Dancing Finals" in lieu of
"Daiquiri Dancers"

Black Frost Gnarled Flowing
Liquid Booze Halted Lounge's
Dancing Finals

Posted by: Frank460 | Aug 21, 2010 8:12:38 PM

Wow, Frank - I like how you made EVERY word have the same first TWO letters as the corresponding plague - very helpful in differentiating the duplicate first letters. Not too sure about the booze theme, or the parsing of the sentence, though - it doesn't quite make sense to me. How do the first three words fit in with the rest of the sentence?

Posted by: Katherine | Aug 21, 2010 10:26:10 PM

This one uses the first two letters of each word as well. I don't like bugs, so this works:

Black Frantic Gnats Fly Literally Boundlessly,
Halting Low,


Posted by: Kc | Feb 23, 2012 6:13:31 AM

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