What are weasel words then?

Don Watson, author of Death Sentence of the English Language, has published Watson’s Dictionary of Weasel Words: contemporary cliches, cant and management jargon. Like a weasel sucking the yolk from an egg while leaving the shell intact, the champions of “weasel words” suck the meaning out of a word.

I received my 2006 diary from Watson’s stable, except its called an “Event Empowerment Tool.”

Read more about this fascinating topic at http://www.weaselwords.com.au/

Published by wonderingpilgrim

Not really retired but reshaped and reshaping. Now a pilgrim at large ready to engage with what each day brings.

One thought on “What are weasel words then?

  1. “Event empowerment tool” — I love it.

    I was once taken on a tour of a “new town”, and commented on an architectural feature of a block of flats, and the tour guide said that the architect would be very upset if he had heard me call them flats. They were “multiple-level dwelling units”, that’s what.


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