The Book of Threes

WORDS AND NUMBERS

THE SOUTHERN COMMUNICATION JOURNAL 55 (SUMMER, 1990), 337-354  WORDS AND NUMBERS: MATHEMATICAL DIMENSIONS OF RHETORIC  BY ALLEN H. MERRIAM  This essay investigates how numbers function rhetorically by in­fluencing persuasive appeals, the structure of messages, and our use of .language. The author argues that "three" is the dominant numerical motif of rhetoric in the English language.

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Hagar the Horrible

Hagar the Horrible

O words of love, O words divine! The silver thought, the golden line! Of all men’s words, there’s none so fine, As these three words: ‘I’ve got mine!’

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Dorothy Parker

Dorothy Parker   "The ladies men admire, I've heard, Would shudder at a wicked word. Their candle gives a single light; They'd rather stay at home at night. They do not keep awake till three, Nor read erotic poetry. They never sanction the impure, Nor recognize an overture. They shrink from powders and from paints […]

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Dan Parker

Dan Parker   Millions of words are written annually purporting to tell how to beat the races, whereas the best possible advice on the subject is found in the three monosyllables: 'Do not try.'  

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Charles Kessler

Three things are forever irretrievable. word said in haste, an arrow shot into the sky, and a missed opportunity.

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