Mnemonic Peg System
A peg system is a Mnemonic technique for memorizing lists using a Peg List. It works by pre-memorizing a list of words that are easy to associate with the numbers they represent (1 to 10, 1-100, 1-1000, etc.). Those objects form the “pegs” of the system.
To rapidly memorize a list of arbitrary objects, each one is associated with the mnemonic image for the appropriate peg. Generally, a Peg List only has to be memorized one time, and can then be used over and over every time a list of items needs to be memorized.
Many people have come across the peg list system via the books of Harry Lorayne.
Each number from 1 to 10 can be given a rhyming mnemonic keyword:
- one - gun
- two - shoe
- three - tree
- four - door
- five - hive
- six - sticks
- seven - heaven
- eight - bait (for fishing)
- nine - wine
- ten - pen
If you have a list of things to memorize, like a shopping list, you can associate each item of the list with a number rhyme image. So if your shopping list is: carrots, milk, bread, eggs, rice, etc., make associations like this:
- One is “gun” — imagine a gun shooting a pile of carrots, the first item on your shopping list.
- Two is “shoe” — imagine cleaning your muddy shoe with a bottle of milk.
- Three is “tree” — imagine bread growing on a tree.
- Four is “door” — imagine throwing eggs at a door.
Once you’ve associated each item in your shopping list with a number peg, you’ll be able to mentally walk through the numbers, recall the rhymes (“what was the gun shooting?”), and recall the item (“carrots”).