posted on May, 23 2019 @ 09:00 PM
A Stock Phrase typically used to describe something that is immensely puzzling to figure out or extraordinarily complex to fully understand, often
relying on hyperbole and, occasionally, sarcasm.
The phrase is open to great interpretation and variation. Its three distinct-yet-related nouns allow for a variety of setups and gags related to The
Triple and dependent on the Rule of Three. Frequently, the last item of the phrase is changed to something completely different and irrelevant to
mystery for Rule of Funny, and the exact order of what's wrapped and inside what varies with almost every separate occasion the phrase is evoked.
Sometimes, one of the three parts may be dropped for gags and line deliveries that require a faster pacing; conversely, additional clauses can be
added for greater exaggeration.
The trope name originates from a statement made by Sir Winston Churchill in 1939 about what role The Soviet Union might play in World War II:
"I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma, but perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian
national interest." Right out in plain sight. Sometimes profound, some taking a stand, others expressions of anger. and perhaps unknown
by many of the newer ATS members..... but always interesting You will find them at the bottom of most comments and posts
Take a minute and see where they take you, I think you might just be amazed, some ARE A Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery Inside an Enigma