More Three of Kind

These are some three of a kind examples accumulated over the years.  Much thanks to my various correspondents.  I ought to sort these out a bit.

Many are the top three of power-laws; i.e. Hertz, Avis, Budget.  Once you’ve noticed that you can use any sharp power-law to generate three.  For example the three top words in  english: spoken: The, You, I; written: the, of, and; adjectives: other, good, new.  And many of the geographic ones are like that, just forced onto the landscape: England, Scotland, and Wales.

Many of just regions along some natural scale: federal, state, city for example.  There are lots that are on linear or cyclic time.

There are a number that are triangles; and then you can create a plane, or balance your three legged stool.  Ordering the triangle – you have three objects and you link them into a circle with arrows rather than mere lines.  Then you can play rock paper scissors; or polish your mirror.

There are number that are pairs with a middle: buyer, seller, middleman; man, woman, relationship; in, out, door; etc.  In this context I find the triple: reflective, transparent, opaque thought provoking.

Apparently in some languages there are three words: one for a thing near me, a second for a thing near you, and finally a word for a thing distant from both of us.  But foreign languages are not my thing. In Japanese? – koko/soko/asoko

I’m particularly amused by this group:

  • solid, liquid, gas
  • ground, sea, air
  • army, navy, air force
  • missiles, subs, bombers
  • beast, fish, fowl

Well, here goes:

  • Race, Language, and Culture
  • Buyer, Seller, Middleman
  • fast, good, cheap
  • culture, structure, market
  • ethics, choice, rules
  • 3-D
  • ON, OFF, Don’t Care (1,0,X)
  • “Is cup half empty or half full?”  … “Who dirtied the glass?”
  • “That sword cut’s both ways.”    … “Ok, let’s talk about the sword.”
  • “Men, Women” … “Shall we talk of relationships?”
  • Moe, Larry, and Curly
  • Groucho, Chico, and Harpo
  • Knife, Fork, and Spoon
  • Bell, Book, and Candle
  • Lock, Stock, and Barrel,
  • Butcher, Baker, and Candle Stick Maker
  • Father, Son, and Holy Ghost
  • Motive, Means, and Opportunity
  • Red, Green, and Blue; Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow
  • Bombers, Missiles, and Subs
  • Army, Navy, Air Force
  • Three legged stool
  • near you, near me, away
  • Animal, Vegtable, Mineral
  • Three wise men
  • Harry, Ron, and Hermione
  • Thesis, Antithesis, Synthesis
  • Bad things come in threes
  • Bowens system theory
  • Learning: acquisitive, integrative, mastery
  • Three points define a plane
  • The summer triangle: Deneb, Vega, and Altair
  • Meat, Fish, Fowl
  • England, Scotland, Wales; New York, New Jersey, Conneticut
  • Id, Ego, Superego
  • Earth, Heaven, Hell
  • Liquid, Solid, Gas
  • Faith, Hope, Charity
  • See, Hear, Speak (no evil)
  • Fates: Klothe, Atropos, Lachesis
  • Liberté, Fraternité, Egalité
  • Life, Liberty, and the Persuit of Happiness
  • Three trials or tasks in fairy tales
  • Thee Musketeers
  • Past, Present, Future
  • Grammar, Logic, Rhetoric
  • Reading, ‘riting, and ‘rithmetic
  • Perl, Php, and Python
  • Equatorial, Temperate, Artic
  • Right, Left, Center
  • King, Queen, Jack
  • Black, and White, and Red all over
  • Waltzes: 3/4 time
  • Thesis, Antithesis, Synthesis
  • Lather, Rinse, Repeat
  • small:medium, large
  • Ford, GM:Chrysler
  • Solid, Liquid, Gas
  • I, you, (he, she, it)
  • Earth, Wind, Fire
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Gas, Brake, Clutch
  • Sharp, Flat, Natural
  • Preprocess, Compile, Link
  • Stop, Drop, Roll
  • paper, scissors, rock
  • Oceania, Eurasia, Eastasia
  • thesis, antithesis, synthesis
  • up, down, strange (and continuing, charm, truth, bottom-beauty)
  • Judaism, Christianity, Islam
  • right, wrong, nuanced
  • certitude, discourse, terrorism
  • Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva (creater, preserver, destroyer)
  • Urth, Vertandhi, Skuld (the Norns, representing past present and future)
  • Executive, Legislative, Judicial
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Tom, Dick, and Harry
  • Huey, Dewey, and Louie
  • City, Suburb, Rural
  • foo, bar, baz
  • shake, rattle, roll
  • reflective, transparent, opaque
  • soprano, alto, tenor
  • dna, rna, proteins
  • beauty, truth, form
  • less-then, equal, greater than (<, =, >)
  • binary trees: left, right, ancestor or mother, father, child
  • over constrained, well posed, under constrained
  • chew, digest, defecate

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