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The Ten Commandments…

…are like an examination paper — six only to be attempted. (Said Bertrand Russell.)

A couple of years ago on NRO I asked if anyone could improve on the not-very-satisfactory mnemonic I have always used for the Commandments:

“One idle damn Sunday, Dad killed cheating thief and lied to cover it.”

(Unsatisfactory because it mixes mnemonic devices: “idle” for “idol,” and “cover it” for “covet” are phonetic clues, while the other eight are


Nobody came up with anything that stuck in my mind better than that one, though.

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