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I always remember it as ROY-G-BIV, but then maybe I played a little too much Paranoia[1]

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paranoia_(role-playing_game)

Yeah... I've never heard VIBGYOR. I did a double-take because this was supposed to be "easy to remember" and that didn't strike me as such, but then I realized it was just ROY-G-BIV backwards. Is this a cultural thing?

EDIT: I find multiple Wikipedia articles[1][2] for Indian organizations/events with the VIBGYOR name, which suggests it's cultural. Some guy's/gal's blog[3] also suggests VIBGYOR is from India.

1: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ViBGYOR_Film_Festival 2: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VIBGYOR_Group_of_Schools 3: http://nerdruid.com/druidcraft/science/physics/optics/vibgyo...

While I can't speak for the entire nation of India (I moved to the US as a child), I clearly recall being taught VIBGYOR by my father, and then later learned it as ROY-G-BIV in school in the US. So I'd bet it is a cultural thing.

Definitely learned it as "Roy G. Biv" as if it were the full name of the person who discovered rainbows

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