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  • proper n. A mnemonic for the color sequence of the visible spectrum: Red Orange Yellow Green Blue Indigo Violet.


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  • "Roy G. Biv," known to science students trying to memorize facts for a test on weather. local, state, business and sports news

  • All we could come up with was the would-be thief wanted to make a rainbow room and was coming up an indigo and a violet short of Roy G. Biv.


  • Here Comes Science that is geared towards kids and teaching about things like the periodic table and Roy G. Biv, a mnemonic device for colors in the visible spectrum.


  • I tried to follow the rainbow spectrum (Roy G. Biv) in lining up the earrings.


  • There was a pretty amazing rainbow, one where you could actually shake hands with Roy G. Biv.

    Zoe Strauss

  • '' Roy G. Biv, '' Put It To The Test; Photosynthesis, '' Cells, '' Speed And Velocity, '' Computer Assisted Design, '' Solid Liquid G.s, '' Here Comes Science, 'and' The Ballad Of Davy Crockett

    MAKE Magazine


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  • Wait, isn't umber a colour? So we could have Umber, GA.

    Come to think of it there is also the word umbra, the dark part of a shadow. So Umbra, G.E. is also a possibility.

    March 14, 2012

  • We could make a new color with an E... then we could have Gum E. Bear.

    Edit: Ach, how about just Gum E. Bar?

    March 14, 2012

  • I was thinking of "emu grab" but yours is better.

    March 14, 2012

  • No... no... Erg A. Bum.

    March 14, 2012

  • Gum Bear?

    March 14, 2012

  • It would be easier to just rename the colours so they are more easily mnemonicable. For example, instead of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet we could have unphor, mogal, brove, rosp, acetin, gliese and eltic.

    March 14, 2012

  • But it would be groovy. *ahem*

    March 14, 2012

  • Although I suppose for bigrovy to gain acceptance would require some rearrangement of the visible spectrum.

    March 14, 2012

  • By vigor?

    March 14, 2012

  • You prefer Vib G. Yor?

    March 14, 2012

  • bigrovy would be much more fun and just as coherent.

    March 14, 2012

  • Probably the stupidest mnemonic in common use.

    March 14, 2012

  • The colors of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet.

    July 9, 2010