In the book Freakonomics, the authors use statistics to show how seemingly unrelated things do in fact have an affect on one another, and society at large. Early in the book, they take on the real estate business, examining the market. They present an analysis of the ten most common real estate ad terms, one of which is an exclamation mark (!).
They claim that seeing an exclamation point in a real-estate ad is bad news, suggesting that it’s use is merely a “bid to paper over real shortcomings with false enthusiasm.” Looks like Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner just wrote my review for me.
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