Consonant Vowel Consonant (and Beyond)
I got thinking about learning 3 letter combinations: AAA-ZZZ; but then I thought that what people most want are consonant vowel consonant 3 letter combinations since so many words start with that pattern. Eg. CON for 'concentrate', 'continue' but CNO or NCO would be less useful a 3 letter combination to know as a memory image.
But then I thought that, when I attempt shorthand, I sometimes remove vowels from a word and wrute a few consonants as a quick way to write a word. Eg. WRT rather than 'WRiTe'; or CNC as a prompt for 'CoNCentrate'.
So a system for memorising 3 characters, in general, would be useful; but it would be huge.
I played with the idea of giving the 1000 cartoon men and 1000 cartoon women three letter first names; that way, in a lot of situations, a three letter spelling can be represented by one image. If a three letter combination is not in those systems then you need another approach.
eg. Having a system of AA-ZZ images; and adding an A-Z image just after the AA-ZZ image. Eg. CBA would be "CB" image followed by "A" image.
Then I thought about cartoon robot images (an idea I have been trying to find a use for, for some time); and I thought:
A robot body type can total 26 so that each body type represents the first letter of a 3 letter code;
Robot eyes can have 26 ways of being drawn: to represent the second letter of a 3 letter code; and
There can be 26 add-on additional details to a head which represent the third letter of a 3 letter code.
To add variety, a 'roll drum' effect of rotating through 27 colours and 11 head shapes would occur at AAA, AAB, AAC, etc. all the way to ZZZ; but the aim is not to expect me to know an image for every 3 letter code: I am mainly interested in commonly occurring prefixes like 'Pre', 'Tre', etc.. Even so, that would be over a 1000 robot images.
Here are some prototype images:
The 3 letter word robot could become a 4 letter word robot if you add a reflexive action to it:
|E||Electric sparks from the head|
|I||Torso spin 360 degrees|
|O||Oscillation side to side of hips|
|U||Head spin 360 degrees|
|L||Shoulders shudder in a shrug motion|
|N||Neck bends to the side and back upright|
|R||Hands spin around at the wrists|
|S||Steam emits from the head|
|T||Wrists extend a hand's length and back again|
|Other||Neck extends a neck's length and back again|
So if the robot itself represents POL, the I reflexive action would make it represent POLI. If the action is 'Other' (brief neck extension) then the POL is followed by a letter not already listed such as Y, T, V.
Note: I wrote another article about representing spellings of three letters. It is the Music Spelling article.