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What is the 3-word phrase I'm looking for?


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I think the phrase is:

parts of speech.

Each circle ...

... represents one major type of word. When the name of one type A is contained in another type B, the circle for A is drawn insode the circle for B. So we have: Verbs inside Adverbs, Adjectives, Conjunctions or connectives, Nouns inside Pronouns, Determiners (articles, prossessives, etc.), Interjections and Prepositions.

The containment is strictly by strings of letters, not semantic: "verb" is a substring of "adverb", but verbs are not a subclass or a subtype of adverbs.

The title ...

... speaks for itself, I think.

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    $\begingroup$ I think you're spot on with the findings but that the 3 words may actually be rot13(cnegf bs fcrrpu)... $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Commented Jul 31, 2023 at 17:13
  • $\begingroup$ Well done! And yes, as @Stiv points out, that's the phrase I was looking for. $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 31, 2023 at 17:39
  • $\begingroup$ Oh, yes, that sounds better, familiar even. But the phrase didn't occur to me, so I used a literal translation from German, which usually isn't a good idea. (At least that odd wording served me as search-engine fodder to find out about that pesky "I".) $\endgroup$
    – M Oehm
    Commented Jul 31, 2023 at 17:50

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