"Trying to make sense of"

Bill Palmer w_a_palmer at BELLSOUTH.NET
Fri May 21 14:29:06 UTC 2010

Can anyone explain what this phrase means, as used in such diverse situations as:

"Politicians are still trying to make sense of Tuesday's primaries" (NPR this morning)

"The Army is trying to make sense of the Fort Hood murders"
(Various medaiareports)

"Ashton Kutcher is still trying to make sense of Brittany Murphy's death"  (mtv.com)

Preponderantly used for unhappy events, but not always.

Bill P

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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