From Toby Gottfried:

Apropos your comments about “threes,” it may be hard to find, but I have a book from my college days which talks about this. It’s an anthropology anthology (that’s not a typo) from 1968 called Every Man His Way, edited by Alan Dundes. Starting on p 401 is an essay by Prof Dundes called “The Number Three in American Culture” which discusses its pervasiveness in depth.

Consider:

small/medium/large

past/present/future

yesterday/today/tomorrow

up/down/sideways

one,two,three. GO

learn your A B C ‘s

NBC/ABC/CBS (Three networks, three letters each)

Auto Industry: The Big Three (well, for a long time)

Third Party Candidates

Tic-Tac-Toe

Minister/Priest/Rabbi jokes

Blondes/Brunettes/Redheads

Baseball: three strikes, three bases, three outfielders

et cetera

et cetera

et cetera

His list of references is stretched over . . . three pages.

Yada, yada, yada . . . blah, blah, blah.

(Actually: Thank you, thank you, thank you.)

 

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