Rule of Three

Arnold M. Zwicky zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Mon Feb 9 04:23:59 UTC 2004

On Feb 8, 2004, at 6:28 PM, Alice Faber wrote:

> Arnold M. Zwicky wrote:
>> any case, there's a formula here:
>>   The three most important Xs in Y are: Z, Z, Z.
>> (conveying something like 'the only really important X in Y is Z').
> Would you include in the same trope "practice, practice, practice"
> (as in, "how do you get to Carnegie Hall?")?

my intuition is that this is a separate figure ("eat, eat, eat"), but
there's probably been some cross-fertilization here.

arnold (zwicky at

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