This Blog Now Has a Name

24 September, 2008 at 2:58 pm (Miscellaneous)

I’ve been thinking occasionally about actually naming this blog. But what? Nothing had really seemed good, or funny, or inspiring, or any of that. So I’d kind of just forgot about it. “This Blog Needs A Name” was a little too ironic-funny for me, but whatever. I’d gotten used to it.

Well, today Robert emailed me with a name. Aide-mémoire. I love it. The definition is below; I’m not sure where the definition was copy/pasted from, so I cannot give credit. Regardless:


Meaning: “To aid memory”. Literal translation from the French.

‘Aide-mémoire’ has become absorbed into English, although it isn’t especially old. The term is used to refer to notes, or memoranda, that are taken in order to jog one’s memory later. The name was used particularly in the UK diplomatic service. The first known use of it for an English audience was in 1846, in G. Lewis’s book – Aide-Mémoire to the Military Sciences. The term had been in use in France for some years by then. The Catalogue des livres de la bibliotheque de feu M. le duc de La Valliere, 1784, has a reference to:

Aide-mémoire ou Chronologie abrégée. Nancy, 1766

The single word memoir, which derives from the middle French memoire, has been in use in English since at least 1494, when it is cited in Loutfut’s Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue. This had virtually the same meaning as ‘aide-mémoire’.

In recent years the term has also used as an alternative to the term ‘mnemonic aid’. An example of this is the rhyme ‘Richard of York gave battle in vain’ – the initial letters of which are the same as those of the colours of the rainbow – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet.

So, there you have it. A place to record memories. Robert points out that since I’m drunk all of the time, it helps with my memory. I suppose that’s a little true…


1 Comment

  1. jeffreysnodgrass said,

    I LIKE it!

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