I know this comes from the Hunting of the Snark.
I've seen another usage of it though, in a debating context. One person posts something, another poster queries it, the first poster has to get references.
I've forgotton how it goes, and where I saw it, and who wrote the article. My Google-Fu is weak. Does anyone know what I'm talking about? Does anyone have a link or enough information for me to find the article?

Searching Google and Google groups gives me very many hits for tHotS, or people just saying "What I tell you three times is true", and I'd really like a clearer explanation.
Thank you.
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I know this comes from the Hunting of the Snark. I've seen another usage of it though, in a debating ... tHotS, or people just saying "What I tell you three times is true", and I'd really like a clearer explanation.

Are you saying this: in the process of teaching students how to debate effectively, some teacher or textbook writer said there was a technique called "What I tell you three times is true" and it ran like thus-and-so? And you're hoping to find out more about that technique.

I tried searching on
"What I tell you three times is true" (debate OR debating)

and it turned up a small number of hits, but nothing relevant.

I suspect that using that saying to name that technique was just a teaching device of a particular teacher or writer. Nothing particularly well-known.
If I've misunderstood you, please let me know.

Best Donna Richoux
I know this comes from the Hunting of the Snark. I've seen another usage of it though, in a debating ... tHotS, or people just saying "What I tell you three times is true", and I'd really like a clearer explanation.

I found the following site, after searching on "tell me three times" which I knew was from Heinlein:

It gives the Lewis Carrol quote:
"Just the place for a Snark! I have said it twice: That alone should encourage the crew.
Just the place for a Snark! I have said it thrice: What I tell you three times is true."
and also has lots of stuff about 'the rule of three', which might help you.

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Searching Google and Google groups gives me very many hits ... times is true", and I'd really like a clearer explanation.

I found the following site, after searching on "tell me three times" which I knew was from Heinlein:

Maybe it's some sort of weird inversion of the whole "Before a *** crows today, you will deny Me three times" thing.
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I found the following site, after searching on "tell me three times" which I knew was from Heinlein:

Maybe it's some sort of weird inversion of the whole "Before a *** crows today, you will deny Me three times" thing.

Is it just me, then? I'd always understood it to be a secret code. "Don't believe what I say, because enemies are listening. But if I say it three times, you can believe that part."

Peter Moylan peter at ee dot newcastle dot edu dot au http://eepjm.newcastle.edu.au (OS/2 and eCS information and software)
Mark Barratt filted:
I found the following site, after searching on "tell me three times" which I knew was from Heinlein: It ... you three times is true." and also has lots of stuff about 'the rule of three', which might help you.

Also from Carroll is the line from "You Are Old, Father William":

"I have answered three questions, and that is enough"

Such an attitude wouldn't go over well at a seder..r
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Mark Barratt filted:

I found the following site, after searching on "tell me ... stuff about 'the rule of three', which might help you.

Also from Carroll is the line from "You Are Old, Father William": "I have answered three questions, and that is enough" Such an attitude wouldn't go over well at a seder..r


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I know this comes from the Hunting of the Snark. ... times is true", and I'd really like a clearer explanation.

I found the following site, after searching on "tell me three times" which I knew was from Heinlein:

snip
... What I tell you three times is true."
and also has lots of stuff about 'the rule of three', which might help you.

And a mathematical proof (by the Butcher) as well:

Taking three as the subject to reason about,
a convenient number to state,
we add seven and ten and then multiply out
by one thousand diminshed by eight.
The result we proceed to divide as you see,
by ninehundred and ninety and two.
We subtract seventeen and the answer must be
exactly and perfectly true.
Jan
I've seen another usage of it though, in a debating context. One person posts something, another poster queries it, the first poster has to get references.

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