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stuck for an expression - what do you call this rhetoric feature?


stuck for an expression - what do you call this rhetoric feature?
dear colleagues, I īm momentarily stuck for an expression from the realm of rhetoric.
When speakers repeat things in sets of three, what do we call that?
(for example: "We move prosperity ahead. We move freedom ahead. And we move people ahead" - taken from a speech by Arnold Schwarzenegger)

I don īt mean anapora, but particularly a set of three repeated or similar items.
Is it an expression having to do with "cluster"? I can īt for the life of me remember....

8 Sep 2010      


Could it be parallelism?

8 Sep 2010     

United States

Could it be hendiatris?
(I usually call it "the rule of three")

8 Sep 2010     

United Kingdom

I call it the rule of three too.  It īs an Aristotelian expression.  If it was good enough for him, it īs good enough for me!

8 Sep 2010     


Professional presenters refer to it as the "rule of three." The psychology behind it is that, aparently, it gives people a satisfying sense of completeness. 

8 Sep 2010     


thanks a lot, rule of three sounds good though not as scholarly as anaphora, litotes or other figures of speech!

9 Sep 2010