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What does reading between the lines mean? and how can I do it or read it?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The message may seem like it isn't saying anything significant. But if you read and think harder or look deeper into the meaning you will find what your looking for or what the person is trying to say.

  • 3 years ago

    Read Between The Lines

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    4 years ago

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    Reading between the lines would be the same as using coded speech. It is an indirect form of communication where the real message that someone is trying to convey is hidden or obscured in how they say. Personally, if I have to read between the lines, I tune out. I prefer direct communication.

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  • 4 years ago

    Keep in mind, one can be in error when reading between the lines.

    To assume - is an individual decision. It's a gamble.

  • 1 decade ago

    It means trying to understand the deeper meaning of literature rather than just the written words.

    http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_reading_between_...

    read between the lines:

    To perceive or detect an obscure or unexpressed meaning: "learned to read between the lines of corporate annual reports to discern areas of fiscal weakness."

    http://www.thefreedictionary.com/reading+between+t...

    read between the lines:

    to try to understand someone's real feelings or intentions from what they say or write. "Reading between the lines, I'd say that Martin isn't very happy with the situation. "

    http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/reading+betwee...

    Meaning:

    Discern a meaning which isn't made obvious or explicit.

    Origin

    This expression derives from a simple form of cryptography, in which a hidden meaning was conveyed by secreting it between lines of text. It originated in the mid 19th century and soon became used to refer to the deciphering of any coded or unclear form of communication, whether written or not. For example, one might say "She said she was happy to go to the party but didn't seem concerned when it was cancelled. Reading between the lines, I don't think she wanted to go in the first place".

    The first example that I can find of the phrase in print is from The New York Times, August 1862:

    Earl Russell's dispatch does not recite the terms of the note to which it is a reply, the letter assumes a somewhat enigmatical character, and the only resource we have is, as best we may, to "read between the lines" of this puzzling, but important, communication of the British Foreign Secretary.

    http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/read-between-th...

  • 1 decade ago

    read between the lines

    To perceive or detect an obscure or unexpressed meaning:

    Example:

    learned to read between the lines of corporate annual reports to discern areas of fiscal weakness.

  • 1 decade ago

    that means reading very very carefully lokking and paying attention 2 every word there is n everything the author is trying to tell u . so u have 2 read in btwn the lines to know everything abt the book, pay close attention to the reading is wt it means.

  • 1 decade ago

    Hold your second, middle, and third finger together, show it to someone across from you and tell them to read between the lines...

  • 1 decade ago

    It means that theres a implied message not necessarily one writtten to read

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