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Weasel word = words or statements that are intentionally ambiguous or misleading

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The Doublespeak awards: For excellence in language that misleads – In 1974 the first Doublespeak award went to a US Air Force Colonel who told reporters: “You always write it’s bombing, bombing, bombing. It’s not bombing! It’s air support!” Michelle Devereaux discusses the idea behind the ironic tribute and highlights some of the contributions made by past winners of this dubious award.

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