Diacope: Figure of repetition in the same word or phrase occurs on either side of an intervening word or phrase; word/phrase x, ..., word/phrase x.

Examples

"We are today in mourning, in grief that is so deeply painful for us. [Princess Diana] was a wonderful and a warm human being. Though her own life was often, sadly, touched by tragedy, she would reveal to all of us the depth of her compassion and her humanity. The people everywhere, not just here in Britain, everywhere -- they kept faith with Princess Diana. They liked her. They loved her. They regarded her as one of the people. She was the people's princess."

-- Tony Blair, Press Remarks on the Passing of Princess Diana

"Another of the men on the democrat candidate's camp is Archibald Macleish. Stevenson's biography on page 77 states that Macleish was the man who brought him into the State Department. It's his own biography. Now Stevenson has him as an advisor. How about this man, Macleish? He's got perhaps the longest record of affiliation with Communist fronts of any man that I have ever named in Washington. And Adlai says, 'Judge me by the friends I select.' To that I say, amen, Adlai, amen.

-- delivered by Joseph R. McCarthy, On Communism and Adlai Stevenson

"Patience, lago, patience."

-- delivered by Jonathan Freeman (from the movie Aladdin)

"And we read, incredible as it seems, we read of survivors struggling in the water...."

-- Peter Marshall (on the Titanic tragedy)

Major Lem: "We have a launch detection. We have a Soviet launch detection."

Colonel Conley: "BMEWS [Ballistic Missile Early Warning System] has confirmed a massive attack."

Major Lem: "Missile warning. No malfunction."

Radar Analyst Kirkland: "Confidence is high -- I repeat -- Confidence is high."

Airman Fields: "Cobra Dane [Phased Array Radar], is this an exercise?"

Colonel Conley: "Negative, this is not an exercise."

-- various actors (from the movie War Games)

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