These Words: Weaselly, Superfluous, or Necessary?

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Don’t be fooled by the cuteness.

Maybe

Perhaps

Appears

Seems

Possibly

At this time

In fact, depending on the context, these words could fit into any one of those three categories.

• If you honestly don’t know about a situation, it might be necessary to use one to give yourself some wiggle room and buy some time.

• If you are certain of the situation and you use one of those words, you are adding extra verbiage that serves no purpose. Cut out all deadwood.

• If your intent is to deceive and you use one of those words, you are being a word weasel. Avoid this.

 

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2 responses to “These Words: Weaselly, Superfluous, or Necessary?

  1. KATHY SANDEL

    It would appear that Trump, perhaps, doesn’t like Jeff Sessions at this time and even might possibly try to fire him, just maybe; at least that is how it seems after listening to all of the caterwauling of the past few days.

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