"Location, location, location": a proverb?

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Mon May 28 13:13:58 UTC 2007

On 5/28/07, Charles Doyle <cdoyle at uga.edu> wrote:
> If "Location, location, location" can rightly be called a proverb, then is it this exact
> saying or just the "X, x, x" formula that's proverbial?
> Last night on _Cold Case_ (CBS-TV; a rerun, I believe) the saying was "Reputation,
> reputation, reputation"--uttered as if it's proverbial. What other such retriplications (?!)
> exist?

See Arnold Zwicky's Language Log post on the X3 snowclone (which
summarizes ADS-L discussion on the topic):


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