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List of Weasel Words
Absolutes:
always/never
can't/couldn't

Judgments:
right/wrong
good/bad
should/shouldn't

Blaming words
it/if only
they/them
makes me
have to

Out and out weaseling
but
It
maybe
Of the
someday
The
There was
why

Words that lack clarity or introduce ambiguity
a bit
a few/few
a little
a lot
about
absolutely
actually
almost
approximately
arguably
awfully
barely
basically
close to
exactly
extremely
fairly
finally
just
kind of
like
literally
many
most
nearly
occasionally
practically
quite
rather
really
several
severely
slightly
some
somewhat
sort of
surely
truly
usually
very

Words that slow the action
all at once
began to
eventually
immediately
just then
might
often
proceeded to
started to
suddenly
then

These words are usually superfluous:
that
anyway
any “ly” word
began to
even

Words That Tip off Telling and Make for Shallow POV
appeared
decided
felt
heard
knew
mused
realized
seemed
thought
wondered

These are Passive Words
is, are
was, were
had (use for flashbacks, but sparingly in normal writing)
have been
to be

Words to Avoid in Public Speaking
Look at Video:
Weasel Public Speaking  

Hedging Phrases (with a suitable replacement)
A large number of  (many).
Absolutely complete (complete).
After the conclusion of (after).
As a general rule (generally).
As you may or may not know (as you may know).
Can be in a position to (can).
Despite the fact that (although).
Due to the fact that (since, because).
During the course of (during).
Hold a meeting (meet).
In compliance with your request (at your request).
In a timely manner (soon).
In many cases  (often).
In the event that (if).
In the majority of cases (often).
Make a recommendation that          (recommend)
On a daily basis (daily).
Perform an analysis of (analyze).
Start off (start).

Weasel Words and Phrases to Use Sparingly
About
Adequate
And/or
Appropriate
Approximately
As applicable
As circumstances dictate
As much as possible
As needed
As required
As soon as possible
At your earliest convenience
Basically
Depending on
Frequently
Good
If appropriate
If required
If warranted
In a timely manner
Indicated
In general
In most cases
In our opinion
In some cases
In most instances
It is our understanding
It may
Major
Make an effort to
Maybe
More or less
Normally
Often
On occasion
Perhaps
Primary
Relevant
Roughly
Should be
Sometimes
Striving for
Suitable
Tentatively
Try
Typically
Usually
Valid
We intend to
When necessary
When possible
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