The Devil's Dictionary and repetition

David Bergdahl bergdahl at OAK.CATS.OHIOU.EDU
Thu Jan 20 19:53:51 UTC 2000

Beverly Flanigan wrote:

> A more academic study is a classic piece by Alan Dundes, "The Number Three
> in American Culture" (tracing it to European and Christian roots, of
> course, as others have pointed out).  I recall another article comparing
> number mystiques cross-culturally but can't find the book just now (it's in
> _Every Man His Way_, a collection of cultural anthropology studies, edited
> by Dundes).  Peter Farb may have something in _Word Play_ too.

I heartily recommend Karl Menniger's Number Words and Number Symbols: A Cultural
History of Numbers (MIT 1969)--original German edition published 1958

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