Remembering the order of ranks
The following story should help you to remember the order of the seven ranks:
A king decided to visit every school in his kingdom to find out how clever the children were. He jumped into the first taxi to take him on his mission.
2. Phylum (pronounced “file ’em”)
All the king’s helpers filed into the rest of them – file ’em (phylum) – to follow the king on his mission.
The first class they went into was full of badly behaved children sticking their tongues out at the teachers and not getting on with their work.
So the king instructed the teachers to bring the children to order.
One child, a boy, continued to misbehave, so the king decreed that the child’s family be brought to school to discuss how the boy’s behaviour could be improved.
6. Genus (pronounced “jean-us”)
At the meeting, the mum and dad insisted their child was a genius (genus), but with an overactive mind that sometimes led to bad behaviour.
Testing the child on a variety of topics, the king and his helpers realised that this was true – he was indeed brilliant, particularly at writing. The king resolved that when the boy was older, he would be employed to write all his speeches (species).