Mnemonic Images for Common English Words

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This page lists Mnemonics for the most common words in English[1] that might not have obvious images. Post ideas for images below.

Most Common English Words

The format at the moment is "* [word]: [image 1], [image 2], etc."

  • the: drop the "t" to make "he" and use He-Man
  • and: a hand, imprint of a hand in a locus
  • to: use your image for 2 or a tuba
  • of: a dove
  • a: you could use a mnemonic image for the letter "A"
  • I: eyeball, glass eye
  • in: inn, motel
  • was: wuss, cowerd
  • he: He-Man
  • that: a hat
  • it: cousin "it" (Adams Family)
  • his: hissing cat
  • her: Ben Hur
  • you: U-turn street sign
  • as: ass (donkey)
  • had: Mad Hatter
  • with: change it to width and make the image unnaturally wide
  • for: Four (4x subject of the succeeding sentence)
  • she: She-Ra
  • not: knot
  • at: At-at from the Empire Strikes Back
  • but: butt
  • be: A bee
  • my: mycelium
  • on: switch
  • have: halve, cut the image in half
  • him
  • is: Izzy
  • said
  • me: do re mi, or use an image of yourself, or someone named Mimi, or "mimi" (ear in Japanese)
  • which: a witch
  • by: to buy (imagine a transaction)
  • so: sewing
  • this: hiss or this in a programming language
  • all
  • from: fromage (cheese with a French flag on a toothpick)
  • they: drop the "t" to make "hay"
  • no
  • were
  • if
  • would: Wood
  • or: oar
  • when: a hen
  • what: drop the "t" to make "hat" and make the hat wet to encode the "w"
  • there: a hare
  • been: garbage bin
  • one
  • could
  • very
  • an
  • who
  • them
  • Mr
  • we
  • now
  • more: A moor (North African Muslim); any celebrity whose last name is Moore
  • out
  • do
  • are
  • up
  • their
  • your
  • will
  • little
  • than
  • then
  • some
  • into
  • any
  • well: a wishing well
  • much
  • about
  • time
  • know
  • should: a shoulder
  • man
  • did
  • like
  • upon
  • such
  • never
  • only
  • good
  • how
  • before
  • other
  • see
  • must
  • am
  • own
  • come
  • down
  • say
  • after
  • think
  • made
  • might: biceps, muscular strength
  • being
  • Mrs
  • again
  • great: cheese grater
  • two
  • can
  • go
  • over
  • too
  • here
  • came
  • old
  • thought
  • himself
  • where - Werewolf
  • everywhere - Werewolf wearing climbing gear for climbing Mt Everest
  • elsewhere - Hell's werewolf, i.e, a cross between a fiery demon and a werewolf.
  • our
  • may
  • first
  • way
  • has
  • though
  • without
  • went
  • us
  • away
  • day
  • make
  • these
  • young
  • nothing
  • long
  • shall
  • sir
  • back
  • don't
  • house
  • ever
  • yet
  • take
  • every
  • hand
  • most
  • last
  • eyes
  • its
  • miss
  • having
  • off
  • looked
  • even
  • while: a leopard, or any other "Wild" animal
  • dear: A deer
  • look
  • many
  • life
  • still
  • mind
  • quite
  • another
  • those
  • just
  • head
  • tell
  • better
  • always
  • saw
  • seemed
  • put
  • face
  • let
  • took
  • poor
  • place
  • why
  • done
  • herself
  • found
  • through
  • same
  • going
  • under
  • enough
  • soon
  • home
  • give
  • indeed
  • left
  • get
  • once
  • mother
  • heard
  • myself
  • rather
  • love
  • knew
  • got
  • lady
  • room
  • something
  • yes
  • thing
  • father
  • perhaps
  • sure
  • heart
  • oh
  • right
  • against
  • three
  • men
  • night
  • people
  • door
  • told
  • round
  • because
  • woman
  • till
  • felt
  • between
  • both
  • side
  • seen
  • morning
  • began
  • whom
  • however
  • asked
  • things
  • part
  • almost
  • moment
  • looking
  • want
  • far
  • hands
  • gone
  • world
  • few
  • towards
  • gave
  • friend
  • name
  • best
  • word
  • turned
  • kind
  • cried
  • since
  • anything
  • next
  • find
  • half
  • hope
  • called
  • nor
  • words
  • hear
  • brought
  • set
  • each
  • replied
  • wish
  • voice
  • whole
  • together
  • manner
  • new
  • believe
  • course
  • least
  • years
  • answered
  • among
  • stood
  • sat
  • speak
  • leave
  • work
  • keep
  • taken
  • end
  • less
  • present
  • family
  • often
  • wife
  • whether
  • master
  • coming
  • mean
  • returned
  • evening
  • light
  • money
  • cannot
  • whose
  • boy
  • days
  • near
  • matter
  • suppose
  • gentleman
  • used
  • says
  • really
  • rest
  • business
  • full
  • help
  • child
  • sort
  • passed
  • lay
  • small
  • behind
  • girl
  • feel
  • fire
  • care
  • alone
  • open
  • person
  • call
  • given
  • I'll
  • sometimes
  • making
  • short
  • else
  • large
  • within
  • chapter
  • true
  • country
  • times
  • ask
  • answer
  • air
  • kept
  • hour
  • letter
  • happy
  • reason
  • pretty
  • husband
  • certain
  • others
  • ought
  • does
  • known
  • it's
  • bed
  • table
  • that's
  • ready
  • read
  • already
  • pleasure
  • either
  • means
  • spoke
  • taking
  • friends
  • talk
  • hard
  • walked
  • turn
  • strong
  • thus
  • yourself
  • high
  • along
  • above
  • feeling
  • glad
  • children
  • doubt
  • nature
  • themselves
  • black
  • hardly
  • town
  • sense
  • saying
  • deal
  • account
  • use
  • white
  • bad
  • everything
  • can't
  • neither
  • wanted
  • mine
  • close
  • return
  • dark
  • fell
  • subject
  • bear
  • appeared
  • fear
  • state
  • thinking
  • also
  • point
  • therefore
  • fine
  • case
  • doing
  • held
  • certainly
  • walk
  • lost
  • question
  • company
  • continued
  • fellow
  • truth
  • water
  • possible
  • hold
  • afraid
  • bring
  • honour
  • low
  • ground
  • added
  • five
  • remember
  • except
  • power
  • seeing
  • dead
  • I'm
  • usual
  • able
  • second
  • arms
  • late
  • opinion
  • window
  • brother
  • live
  • four
  • none
  • death
  • arm
  • road
  • hair
  • sister
  • entered
  • sent
  • married
  • longer
  • immediately
  • god
  • women
  • hours
  • ten
  • understand
  • son
  • horse
  • wonder
  • cold
  • beyond
  • please
  • fair
  • became
  • sight
  • met
  • afterwards
  • eye
  • year
  • show
  • general
  • itself
  • silence
  • lord
  • wrong
  • turning
  • daughter
  • stay
  • forward
  • O
  • interest
  • thoughts
  • followed
  • won't
  • different
  • opened
  • several
  • idea
  • received
  • change
  • laid
  • strange
  • nobody
  • fact
  • during
  • feet
  • tears
  • run
  • purpose
  • character
  • body
  • ran
  • past
  • order
  • need
  • pleased
  • trouble
  • whatever
  • dinner
  • happened
  • sitting
  • getting
  • there's
  • besides
  • soul
  • ill
  • early
  • rose
  • aunt
  • hundred
  • minutes
  • across
  • carried
  • sit
  • observed
  • suddenly
  • creature
  • conversation
  • worse
  • six
  • quiet
  • chair
  • doctor
  • tone
  • standing
  • living
  • sorry
  • stand
  • meet
  • instead
  • wished
  • ah
  • lived
  • try
  • red
  • smile
  • sound
  • expected
  • silent
  • common
  • meant
  • tried
  • until
  • mouth
  • distance
  • occasion
  • cut
  • marry
  • likely
  • length
  • story
  • visit
  • deep
  • seems
  • street
  • remained
  • become
  • led
  • speaking
  • natural
  • giving
  • further
  • struck
  • week
  • loved
  • drew
  • seem
  • church
  • knows
  • object
  • ladies
  • marriage
  • book
  • appearance
  • pay
  • I've
  • obliged
  • particular
  • pass
  • thank
  • form
  • knowing
  • lips
  • knowledge
  • former
  • blood
  • sake
  • fortune
  • necessary
  • presence
  • feelings
  • corner
  • beautiful
  • talking
  • spirit
  • ago
  • foot
  • circumstances
  • wind
  • presently
  • comes
  • attention
  • wait
  • play
  • easy
  • real
  • clear
  • worth
  • cause
  • send
  • spirits
  • chance
  • didn't
  • view
  • pleasant
  • party
  • beginning
  • horses
  • stopped
  • notice
  • duty
  • he's
  • age
  • figure
  • leaving
  • sleep
  • entirely
  • twenty
  • fall
  • promise
  • months
  • broken
  • heavy
  • secret
  • thousand
  • happiness
  • comfort
  • minute
  • act
  • human
  • fancy
  • strength
  • showed
  • pounds
  • nearly
  • probably
  • captain
  • piece
  • school
  • write
  • laughed
  • reached
  • repeated
  • walking
  • father's
  • heaven
  • beauty
  • shook
  • sun
  • waiting
  • moved
  • bit
  • desire
  • news
  • front
  • effect
  • laugh
  • uncle
  • fit
  • miles
  • handsome
  • caught
  • hat
  • regard
  • gentlemen
  • supposed
  • easily
  • impossible
  • glass
  • resolved
  • grew
  • consider
  • green
  • considered
  • unless
  • stop
  • forth
  • expect
  • perfectly
  • altogether
  • surprise
  • sudden
  • free
  • exactly
  • grave
  • carriage
  • believed
  • service
  • angry
  • putting
  • carry
  • everybody
  • mentioned
  • looks
  • scarcely
  • society
  • affection
  • exclaimed
  • dress
  • die
  • earth
  • latter
  • garden
  • step
  • perfect
  • countenance
  • liked
  • dare
  • pain
  • companion
  • journey
  • paper
  • opportunity
  • makes
  • honest
  • arrived
  • you'll
  • bright
  • pity
  • directly
  • cry
  • trust
  • fast
  • ye
  • warm
  • danger
  • trees
  • breakfast
  • rich
  • engaged
  • proper
  • talked
  • respect
  • fixed
  • hill
  • wall
  • determined
  • wild
  • shut
  • top
  • plain
  • scene
  • sweet
  • especially
  • public
  • acquaintance
  • forget
  • history
  • pale
  • pray
  • books
  • afternoon
  • man's
  • otherwise
  • mention
  • position
  • speech
  • gate
  • 'em
  • boys
  • yours
  • drink
  • slowly
  • broke
  • clothes
  • fond
  • pride
  • watch
  • sooner
  • settled
  • paid
  • reply
  • tea
  • lie
  • running
  • died
  • gentle
  • particularly
  • allowed
  • outside
  • placed
  • joy
  • hearing
  • note
  • condition
  • follow
  • begin
  • neck
  • serious
  • hurt
  • kindness
  • mere
  • farther
  • changed
  • o'clock
  • passing
  • girls
  • force
  • situation
  • greater
  • expression
  • eat
  • reading
  • spoken
  • raised
  • anybody
  • started
  • following
  • although
  • sea
  • proud
  • future
  • quick
  • safe
  • temper
  • laughing
  • ears
  • difficulty
  • meaning
  • servant
  • sad
  • advantage
  • appear
  • offer
  • breath
  • opposite
  • number
  • miserable
  • law
  • rising
  • favour
  • save
  • twice
  • single
  • blue
  • noise
  • stone
  • mistress
  • surprised
  • allow
  • spot
  • burst
  • keeping
  • line
  • understood
  • court
  • finding
  • direction
  • anxious
  • pocket
  • around
  • conduct
  • loss
  • fresh
  • below
  • hall
  • satisfaction
  • land
  • telling
  • passion
  • floor
  • break
  • lying
  • waited
  • closed
  • meeting
  • trying
  • seat
  • king
  • confidence
  • offered
  • stranger
  • somebody
  • matters
  • noble
  • pardon
  • private
  • sharp
  • evil
  • weeks
  • justice
  • hot
  • cast
  • letters
  • youth
  • lives
  • health
  • finished
  • hoped
  • holding
  • touch
  • spite
  • delight
  • bound
  • consequence
  • rain
  • wouldn't
  • third
  • hung
  • ways
  • weather
  • written
  • difference
  • kitchen
  • she's
  • mother's
  • persons
  • quarter
  • promised
  • hopes
  • brown
  • nay
  • seven
  • simple
  • wood
  • beside
  • middle
  • ashamed
  • lose
  • dreadful
  • move
  • generally
  • cousin
  • surely
  • satisfied
  • bent
  • shoulder
  • art
  • field
  • quickly
  • thrown
  • tired
  • share
  • pair
  • to-morrow
  • aware
  • colour
  • writing
  • whenever
  • quietly
  • fool
  • forced
  • touched
  • smiling
  • taste
  • dog
  • spent
  • steps
  • worst
  • legs
  • watched
  • ay
  • thee
  • eight
  • worthy
  • wrote
  • manners
  • proceeded
  • frightened
  • somewhat
  • born
  • greatest
  • charge
  • degree
  • shame
  • places
  • ma'am
  • couldn't
  • tongue
  • according
  • box
  • wine
  • filled
  • servants
  • calling
  • fallen
  • supper

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