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13 December 2010 @ 12:58 pm
When I was younger, I learned a mnemonic to help remember whether the moon was waxing or waning. Since the curve of the waxing moon is like the curve of the outside of a capital "D", and that of the waning moon is like a "C", I learned that "D" = debutante, and "C" = chaperone.

Although it works, I hate this mnemonic. I didn't even grow up in a society with debutantes and chaperones! And I dislike the whole formulation! Yuck.

cuthalion and I came up with "developing" as a vastly improved replacement for the waxing moon's mnemonic, but we haven't hit on just the right companion for the waning moon. Can you help?

My most recent proposal was "chillaxin", but you can see how that isn't actually all that descriptive, and also, some people seem to object to that word on the grounds that it is stupid.
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cheveux sable with earworm rampantlcohen on December 13th, 2010 06:05 pm (UTC)
David Policardpolicar on December 13th, 2010 06:08 pm (UTC)
I am embarrassed to admit that my mnemonic for this is that "D" stands for diminishing, and then I just remember that it's backwards. I don't really recommend this to others.

Anyway, if D is "developing," then C is surely "collapsing".
blk: cygnusblk on December 13th, 2010 06:09 pm (UTC)
Not actually a helpful comment:

My way of remembering is via a Cowboy Junkies song from when I was in high school (track 1, verse 1). I suspect this isn't really a method I'd recommend for anybody who isn't already a CJ fan.
sunstealersunstealer on December 13th, 2010 07:16 pm (UTC)
<3 Cowboy Junkies. I once told my wife that if I ran off with someone else, it was going to be Margo Timmons's voice.

C...how about Contract?
funner'n a sack a weaselsmoominmolly on December 13th, 2010 06:46 pm (UTC)
Dosing/Coming down? :)
ruthless compassion: laughteraroraborealis on December 13th, 2010 06:48 pm (UTC)
funner'n a sack a weaselsmoominmolly on December 13th, 2010 06:50 pm (UTC)
Which reminds me:

Chipceo on December 13th, 2010 06:59 pm (UTC)
I propose an alternative. Since the waxing moon is illuminated from the Right, and the waning moon from the Left (in the Northern Hemisphere, at least), you could remember it as (R)eturning and (L)eaving. (Astronomy geeks, check me on this.)
veek on December 13th, 2010 07:15 pm (UTC)
Collapsing? Contracting? Curtailing?
Susan Constantsconstant on December 13th, 2010 07:24 pm (UTC)
Just remember that God speaks Hebrew, so of course he'd use a ) for an open paren and a ( for a close paren.
unintentionally intimidatingcoraline on December 13th, 2010 07:34 pm (UTC)
Katy: hebrewkatybeth on December 13th, 2010 07:43 pm (UTC)
I may have to start using that one!
David Policardpolicar on December 13th, 2010 07:44 pm (UTC)
I have been staring open-mouthed and awestruck at this comment for approximately the last 15 seconds. You win an Internet. Perhaps two.
Rowan: Fallmzrowan on December 13th, 2010 07:25 pm (UTC)
Convalescing? Although I actually thing moominmolly's is the best.
katybeth on December 13th, 2010 07:43 pm (UTC)
(here through blk)

The way I learned it from Highlights magazine was, if you draw a line up from point to point, continuing above the moon, you get either a lower case "b" or a lower case "d." "b" is for "baby" and "d" is for "dying."
Renata Piperlyonesse on December 13th, 2010 07:45 pm (UTC)
the "d" is for diana's bow, and "c" is for the crone.
unintentionally intimidatingcoraline on December 13th, 2010 07:51 pm (UTC)
i'd think you'd be tickled by the one sconstant came up with too :)
Chancemiss_chance on December 13th, 2010 07:52 pm (UTC)
Well, growing up I just learned it as DOC, with the "O" being the full moon. It never occurred to me (or people teaching me) to expand the D or C to words. I suspect that if I *had* words for them like you do, I'd need new ones to replace them, but without having had any words it seems foreign to me to have any.

I thought it was pretty cool when I learned that in the Souther Hemisphere it's COD! Maybe there's something you can work with in there?
houseboatonstyxhouseboatonstyx on December 14th, 2010 01:53 am (UTC)
But but ... it's COD in the northern hemisphere too. The curves incase the full, like (0). It begins 0) then the light moves from right to left till it becomes (0.

Developing vs collapsing (or cutting) if you like. The sharp New Moon cresent grows and softens; the just-past-full moon shrinks and sharpens.
lazyzlazyz on December 14th, 2010 12:53 am (UTC)
I always think the moon is written in Hebrew...
Vinnie Teslavinnie_tesla on December 14th, 2010 03:05 am (UTC)
Cumbersome Mnemonic For Waning?
whynotkaywhynotkay on December 14th, 2010 04:24 am (UTC)
This link is pretty awesome: http://members.chello.nl/r.kuijt/en_moon.htm

I found it while trying to look up croit and decroit, which I have used for the same purpose.
TWP: Tattooyouvebeenpixied on December 14th, 2010 07:00 am (UTC)
Easiest way ever. Using the stick method mentioned above.

Does it make a lower case b? Then it is getting brighter. Lower case d? Then it is getting darker.