Overview

This customised phonetic-based memory peg list is based on both the Harold Mangum System and the Major System.

Phonetic Sounds for 0 - 9

Numeral Phonetic Associated Consonants Typographic Major System Mnemonic
0 Suh, Zuh s, x, z, soft c z is the first letter of zero. The other letters have a similar sound.
1 Tuh, Duh t, d, th t & d have one downstroke and sound similar (some variant systems include “th”)
2 Nuh n n has two downstrokes and looks something like “2” on its side
3 Muh m m has three downstrokes and looks like a 3 on its side
4 Ruh r last letter of four, also 4 and R are almost mirror images of each other
5 Luh l l is the Roman Numeral for 50
6 Shuh, Chuh, Juh sh, soft ch, j, soft g, zh a script j has a lower loop / g is almost a 6 flipped over
7 Cuh, Guh k, hard c, hard g, hard ch, q, qu capital K “contains” two sevens
8 Fuh, Vuh f, v script f resembles a figure-8. V sounds similar
9 Puh, Buh p, b p is a mirror-image 9. b sounds similar and resembles a 9 rolled around
N/A N/A Vowel sounds, w,h,y These can be used anywhere without changing a word’s number value

Body List

Numeral Body Part
1 Toe
2 Knee
3 Muscle
4 Rear
5 Love Handles
6 Shoulders
7 Collar
8 Face
9 Point (crown of head)
0 Ceiling

Memory Peg List - 1 Digit

Numeral Word Image
0 aCe Ace of Spades playing card
1 Tie neck tie, looks like a ‘1’
2 Noah standing on the large deck of the Ark, welcoming TWO of each kind of animal
3 Mow mowing the long green lawn, smell of fresh cut grass
4 Row quad scull rowing boat
5 Law British police officer wearing custodian helmet
6 SHoe women’s red high-heel shoe
7 Key antique simple gold key
8 u.F.o. U.F.O. flying around with a figure 8 lighting system
9 Pie hot apple pie, with a 3x3 grid [=9] lattice crust on top

Memory Peg List - 2 Digits

Numeral Word Image
00 CaeSar green caesar salad
01 SaD sad face life-size emoji
02 SuN the Sun
03 SuMo Sumo wrestler
04 SaRi bright yellow, Indian women’s garment, wrapped around the waist, draped over the shoulder
05 SeaL dark brown fur seal with extra large cute whiskers
06 SuShi a sushi roll
07 SoCk red sock
08 SoFa dark grey outdoor 2 seat sofa chair
09 SoaP bar of scented vanilla white soap
10 Toes TEN toes
11 ToaD brown wart-ridden ugly toad
12 TuNa big bluefin tuna swimming in circles
13 DaM dam with water rushing through outlets
14 TiRe car tire
15 DoLl creepy baby doll with black eyes holding up its hands - with only 1 finger on one hand - 1 and 5 [=15]
16 TiSSue white, snotty, soft Aloe Vera tissue
17 TaCk golden coloured thumb tack
18 TV TV tuned to channel 18
19 TaPe sticky, gaffa tape
20 NASA space shuttle launching, 20 second countdown
21 NeT large fishing net
22 NuN 22 nuns wearing a black veil, in a choir, ironically singing “Give it up” - NA-NA na-na na-na na-na na-na, now, baby give it up, give it up, baby give it up…
23 NeMo clownfish, orange with white stripes - from animated film “Finding Nemo”
24 NeRo Roman emperor wearing a toga and wreath crown
25 NaiL metal round-head nail
26 NaSHi juicy, spherical, yellowish, pear fruit
27 NuKe nuclear weapon/missile on a launch pad
28 KniFe large bowie knife - from Crocodile Dundee movie - “that’s a knife…”
29 NaPpy large, smelly, soiled baby’s nappy
30 MouSe white, small mouse
31 MaT welcome door mat
32 MaN/MooN man on the moon - a figure of a man/humanoid on the surface of a bright full moon
33 MuMmy Egyptian mummy in bandages… alive, arms outstretched and chasing
34 MaRe/MiRror adult female horse wearing makeup, lipstick and a pink dress, transfixed and looking at her beautiful self in a large mirror
35 MaiL envelope with a postage stamp on it
36 MatCH a lit matchstick, red flames, smoke
37 MuG a white plain coffee mug
38 MoVie movie film reel spinning on a projector
39 MaP treasure map, X marks the spot
40 RoSe deep red, thorny, long stem
41 RaT brown, large, big sharp teeth
42 RuNner exercise/gym shoes, white
43 RuM Bundaberg rum bottle, 43% alcohol, triple-filtered, yellow
44 auRoRa bright green, multi-coloured, dancing, northern lights
45 RaiL old black steam train on the tracks
46 RuSsia a set of Russian dolls
47 RaKe garden rake, metal
48 RooF a grey tiled roof
49 RoPe colourful rock climbing rope
50 LaSsie the Rough Collie dog
51 LaTte chai latte
52 LioN lion king
53 LlaMa a llama chewing
54 LuRe fishing lure with large hook, bright yellow
55 LiLy large white lily flower
56 LeaSH dog leash, blue
57 LoCk locker combination lock
58 LaVa fiery lava flowing down a volcano
59 LiP lips wearing shiny red lipstick
60 CheeSe Jarlsberg cheese, shiny-yellow, holes
61 CheeTah fastest land animal, tan with black spots
62 ChaiN chain worn on pants, linked
63 ChiMe bamboo wind chime
64 ChaiR black office chair
65 CeLlo polished wood musical instrument, large, standing upright
66 CHurCH a traditional Christian church building with a cross on it
67 CheQue for 67 million dollars
68 CheF traditional white clothing, long hat
69 ChiP spicy corn chip
70 CaSe black laptop case
71 CaT black cat
72 CaN unopened tin can
73 CoMb huge black comb from Spaceballs movie - combing the desert
74 CaR KARR - The “Knight Automotive Roaming Robot” from TV Series Knight Rider, black & silver Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
75 KaLe vibrant green leaf cabbage
76 CaSH $50 note
77 CaKe tea cake with cinnamon sugar on top
78 CaFe/CoFfee cappuccino in a cup/saucer, chocolate sprinkled over milk foam, on a cafe table & chairs
79 CaP plain dark blue baseball cap
80 VaSE clear glass vase
81 FeeT your feet
82 FaN white large desk fan
83 FarMer farmer wearing flannels and a straw hat
84 FiRe red flame
85 FiLe metal filing cabinet
86 FiSH electric eels with sparks
87 FiG fruit
88 FiFe woodwind instrument, the Pied Piper
89 VaPour visible water vapour cloud
90 PiZza margarita pizza
91 PiTa fresh, warm, pita bread pocket
92 PeN ink fountain pen, partially gold coloured head
93 PalM large palm tree leaf
94 PeaR oblong shaped, green fruit
95 PooL blue water, 50m swimming pool
96 PeaCH deep golden yellow, red blush, fuzzy texture, spherical fruit
97 PiCk pickaxe, similar to a mattock
98 PuFf the green Magic Dragon
99 PooP steaming dog poo

Memory Peg List - 3 Digits

Numeral Word Image
100 DaiSieS yellow daisy flowers
101 ToaST toasted bread
104 TaSeR taser gun
105 TaSseL fabric decoration
107 TuSK elephant tusk
113 ToTeM totem pole
121 TeNT green and black camping tent
124 ToNeR laser printer cartridges full of toner
125 TuNneL a road tunnel in the side of a mountain or underground
127 TuNiC hip or knee length shirt/garment
128 TurNoVer apple turnover pastry, apple cubes emerging
130 aToMS an atom illustrated with the Bohr Atomic Model
131 ToMaTo the vegetable
134 TiMeR a countdown timer
135 oaTMeaL warm stove-top oats with milk
137 ToMahawK weapon
140 DReSs red dress
141 DaRT darts and game board
159 TuLiP flower
255 NaiL hoLes a piece of wood with some nails but mostly nail holes
256 NaiL Jar a jar full of nails
260 NaChoS vegan, cheesy, black-bean, corn chips, avocado, salsa
472 RaCcooN Marvel Comics’ Rocket Raccoon - starship pilot & expert marksman, in movies: Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers
512 LaTiN professional latin dancer in a stereotypically revealing red dress
915 PaDdLe a paddle, being used to paddle on a stand up paddle board


Inspiration for more 3-digit words can be found at the Art of Memory Major System Image Database.

Memory Peg List - Cheat Sheet for Computer-related Numbers

Numeral Word Image
0 aCe Ace of Spades playing card
1 Tie neck tie, looks like a ‘1’
2 Noah standing on the large deck of the Ark, welcoming TWO of each kind of animal
4 Row quad scull rowing boat
8 u.F.o. U.F.O. flying around with a figure 8 lighting system
16 TiSSue white, snotty, soft Aloe Vera tissue
32 MaN/MooN man on the moon - a figure of a man/humanoid on the surface of a bright full moon
64 ChaiR black office chair
127 TuNiC hip or knee length shirt/garment
128 TurNoVer apple turnover pastry, apple cubes emerging
255 NaiL hoLes a piece of wood with some nails but mostly nail holes
256 NaiL Jar a jar full of nails
512 LaTiN professional latin dancer in a stereotypically revealing red dress
1024 N/A ToeS(10) kicking NeRo(24)
2048 N/A NASA(20) launching a rocket through a RooF(48)
4096 N/A RoSe(40) growing out of a PeaCH(96)
8192 N/A FeeT(81) drawing with a PeN(92)