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"It's all marketing mumbo jumbo! Don't believe a word of it!"—Strong Bad, Homestar Runner
"And you really believe all that? I can't tell when you decorate your sentences with all those hedges."—Siobhan, Luminosity
A common feature of advertising, both on television and elsewhere: words or phrases that seem to have a specific meaning but which in fact have a meaning which is either completely ambiguous or intentionally different from what is perceived by the potential buyer.
For an extensive and detailed examination of Weasel Words, see this entry at Wikipedia. Or, better yet, see this entry! Some people say that weasel words are a necessary generalisation. TV Tropes editor Sockatume believes that if you know who's saying something, you should mention it.
Do you see what we did there?
For one form of Weasel Words we don't want around here, see Examples Are Not Arguable.
- Asbestos-Free Cereal
- Absolute Comparative
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- Lite Creme
- Never Needs Sharpening
- New and Improved
- Up to or More