Grammar
The Solar System

What is it called when you have a phrase like my very educated mother just served us nine pizzas to remember the planets in the solar system?

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02/16/2009

This is called an acrostic. It is not an anagram, but it is similar. In this case you have an acrostic used as a mnemonic devise to help remember the names of the eight..., er..., nine... planets. Maybe you could turn nine pizzas into: nan, the delicious Indian bread;

napoleons, the really delicious pastry;

nougat, the candy; unless you feel strongly invested in the planethood of Pluto.