Have you ever wondered how Barack Obama does it?
I mean, how he uses words--for the most part simple words--to inspire a crowd the way he did in Chicago's Grant Park on Tuesday night? By the end of Obama's victory speech, Jesse Jackson and Oprah Winfrey weren't the only members of the audience wiping away joyful tears.
Obama's secret--or one part of it, at least--is the magic number three. In rhetorical terms, that's a tricolon: a series of three parallel words, phrases, or clauses. Obama's victory speech was teeming with tricolons--as indicated in these excerpts. . . .
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Image: Senator Barack Obama, President-elect of the United States of America