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How to Memorize Biological Taxonomy Classification

[From Episode 6: Word Nerds Rejoice!]

HOLY HOMO SAPIEN, BATMAN! Here's our trick of remembering the taxonomy groups in order from large to specific. And you have two equally disturbing ones to choose from:

Kanye, Please Come Over For Great Sex


King Phillip Chases Old Fat Girl Scouts

The taxonomy levels are as follows:

Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species


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Reader Comments (14)

The mnemonic I learned in high school biology came back to me while listening: Keep Ponds Clean Or Fish Get Sick. Now you can be environmentally friendly and, most importantly, Kanye-free.

Thanks for the podcast - I'm really enjoying it!

May 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKelliDC

The one I learned in High School was King Phillip Comes Over For Games and Skits.

September 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLoen

Sounds like King Phillip was a common part of the mnemonics for this...the one I grew up with was King Phillip Came Over From Germany Screaming.

October 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterReed

My Honors Biology teacher in my sophomore year of high school taught my class the following:

Kinky People Can Often Find Good Sex

November 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoe Fejeran

I was taught Kids Play Catch On Farmer Green's Shed, but all of the above are awesome

January 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKgiang72

We were taught a mnemonic for this last year, seems like an amalgamation of some of the above:
Keep Penis Clean Or Forget Great Sex
alternatively, now that Domain has officially been added above Kingdom,
Dudes, Keep Penis Clean Or Forget Great Sex

February 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSimon T

When I took Bio in college, I didn't know these mnemonics already existed, so I made up my own for the classifications AND the human classification. The one for the classification names is pretty lame (and uses horrible grammar):
Don't Kill People Cuz OF God Says

But for Human classification (Eukarya Animalia Chordata Mammalia Primates Hominidae Homo Sapiens), I came up with something amazing.

Eggs Are Called Mini Protein Holders, Heavily Shelled

March 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTiffany

Also, how i learned, King Phillip cried, "Oh for goodnes sake!". Love the brains of everyone who has sent their own mnumonic though! Peace. G

April 6, 2013 | Unregistered Commentergary m

How we learned it in 8th grade:
Ken Poured Coffee On Fran's Good Shirt

April 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

king phil came over for grocery shopping

October 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKaley

A mnemonic device for Domain, Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species

-"Douglas Kept Putting Cookies Outside For German Shepherds"

October 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKaroline

King Phillip Came Over From Great britain Stoned.

June 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKodamatodd

Kitchen Police Only Find Greasy Spoons

October 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDoc5499

kids playing cath on freeways get smashed....

January 18, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterdd

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