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Peacocking and weaseling may sound like strange terms when we’re talking about writing, but they should be understood if you’re on a quest to become a better writer.

Peacock and weasel terms are difficult to avoid, but once you learn what they are, and why they should be avoided, you’ll be able to spot them in your own writing.

PEACOCK TERMS

Peacock terms promote a subject without providing attribution and they are often used to grab a reader’s attention, but typically reflect an unqualified opinion.

Examples:

  • one of the most important
  • one of the best
  • the indisputable
  • outstanding
  • among the most notable

WEASEL TERMS

Like peacock terms, weasel words and phrases aim to create an impression that the writer wrote something meaningful and specific, when in fact only vague, general, and ambiguous information was claimed.

Weasel terms tend to promote the thought that something is widely accepted, whether it is or isn’t. Weasels are clever and guile mammals — so are weasel words. In fact, weasels are so sneaky, that their often mistaken for a rodent, rather than a mammal.

Examples:

  • Studies show… (What studies?)
  • Some argue…(Who argues?)
  • Critics say…(Ok, what critics?)
  • Is considered by many… (Great, but who?)

Peacock and weasel terms are difficult to avoid, but once you learn what they are, and why they should be avoided, you’ll be able to spot them in your own writing.

Read more at http://www.writeraccess.com/blog/avoiding-peacock-and-weasel-terms/

Peacock: O-H  M-Y  G-O-D!! See how your fur shines, it is as though you’ve diamonds embedded onto your body!

Weasel: Yeah~ I get that a lot from many other animals too…

Have fun reading!!

Till then,

Cheers & TTFN~ 😀

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