Cheesy Mnemonics for GRE Vocab: Tantamount

Jen Dziura —  May 15, 2012 — Leave a comment

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


Jennifer Dziura is Manhattan Prep's GRE Blog Editor and Lead Content Developer. She writes books and curricula for the GRE, and is the author of Manhattan Prep's 500 Essential Words and 500 Advanced Words flashcard sets. Also a GMAT and SAT expert, Jennifer uses her obviously copious spare time to co-host an adult spelling bee in a bar and travel to colleges and universities to give humorous talks about philosophy and punctuation. She is working on a book about speed mathematics.

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