Rule Of Threes: A Quick Summary

I like dogs and there's three of them. No real relevance TBH

The term 'Rule of Threes' usually pops up in reference to comedy writing, but it's also common in other forms.

When used in a list, the third point will be the punchline.

Example: The perfect pet are dogs, cats and salamanders.

That's clearly not a top joke, but you can see how the first two throw you off, then POW! Mexican walking fish!

In a longer form, in comedy, think of the race jokes. There's an Australian, a Frenchman and an Irishman. Whatever happens in that joke, the punchline will always be regarding the Irishman.

The story of the Three Little Pigs isn't a comedy, but the third is the punchline, in a way.

When writing ANYTHING, try to draw on the Rule of Threes.

Let's say you're writing a commercial and you have two scenarios, try to add a third. If you're left with four, cut the weaker to make three.

If I ever have to list items, I will generally list three specifics followed by something to imply there are many more options.

Example: You might choose to build your house with straw, sticks, bricks or another type of material.

That's only the tip of the iceberg but hopefully gives you a good understanding of the term.

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