My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pumpkins

My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pumpkins

A mnemonic device for remembering the names of the eight planets, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune, as well as the dwarf planet Pluto. (The phrase was in use before Pluto had ceased to be considered a true planet.) A: "Let's see, there's Mercury, um… Earth, Mars… Uranus… dang, I can never remember all the planets' names!" B: "Well, try to remember this—My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pumpkins." A: "Hey, Pluto isn't a planet anymore!"
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
See also:
Full browser ?