How to Make Sense
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How to Make Sense

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Hardcover, 202 pages
Published 1954 by Harper & Brothers
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willaful
Oct 06, 2011 willaful rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone interested in language
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One of the most amazing books I've ever read. It covers ideas about how to communicate clearly, based on how people actually think, feel and relate. Not like any other manual of style you've ever read, because it has depth and substance, not rules.

I first read this about thirty years ago, and I still punctuate my writing based on the discussion of dashes, commas, semi-colons, colons and periods as units expressing the amount of time passing. And I'll never forget the reflections on how meaningl...more
John Sorensen
I bought this book on a lark and I found it very entertaining and insightful. The book title does not accurately describe the book. Flesch does not seek to teach you how to speak better, but this is really a book of essays on English grammar. Very well-written, and entertaining. I found his discussion on why vocabulary building really doesn't help you at all. Poetry and punctuation talks about how punctuation used to be done. An entertaining and light-hearted re-red of the essays I've indicated.
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Rudolf Flesch (8 May 1911 – 5 October 1986) was an author, readability expert, and writing consultant who was an early and vigorous proponent of plain English in the United States. He created the Flesch Reading Ease test and was co-creator of the Flesch-Kincaid Readability Test. He was raised in Austria and finished university there, studying law. He then moved to the United States...more
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