Or, what’s in a weasel word?
In the writing world, weasel words have a variety of meanings, but all include various words you need to watch out for while editing—remember to let your muse have free rein while first-drafting! Let’s look at the categories.
Weak, useless words
sort of/kind of
began to/started to
for the most part
went (to the store)
acts/works (no action)
had been/have been
all at once
- Heard of weasel words? They’re good things, right? Um, no: click to tweet
- Weasel words showcase problems in writing. Here’s a rundown: click to tweet
Each of these categories showcases a different problem, and differing problems require differing solutions. Still it’s useful to have
some lists as a jumping off point. I’ll focus on several of these categories in upcoming blog posts but, for now, doing a search in your manuscript for these words or word combinations and considering the necessity of each one will stand you in good stead.