Cheesy Mnemonics for GRE Vocab: Tantamount

Jen Dziura —  May 15, 2012

Mnemonics or mnemonic devices are memory tricks to help us remember things like vocabulary words. However, many mnemonics are pretty cheesy — often involving the kind of jokes some people call “groaners.” For instance…

Tantamount means, “equivalent, as in value, force, effect, or signification.”

The word is often used to say that something is 99.9% as bad as something really bad, as in, “The dictator’s call to action is tantamount to a declaration of war.”

Here’s the mnemonic:

“This gymnastics equipment is about as good as the other gymnastics equipment. I would say it’s tanta-MOUNT.”

Yikes, that was pretty bad.

Jen Dziura


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