Mnemonic Devices

And the worst "mnemonic" device I've seen, for Roman numerals:

X shall stand for playmates ten
V for five stout stalwart men
I for one as I'm alive
C for hundred,
D for five (hundred)
M for a thousand soldiers true, and
L for 50, I'll tell you.

Where to begin? The numbers aren't in any order (not numerical or alphabetical order, anyway); the numbers don't have any connection to the rest of the line (except perhaps for the common phrase "I for one"); the parenthetical aside in "D for five (hundred)" is ridiculous; and why is 50 expressed with numerals?


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