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ERIC Number: ED163502
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 198
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Weasel Words: The Art of Saying What You Don't Mean.
Pei, Mario
Intended as a survey of the use of "weasel words" (a term coined by Theodore Roosevelt to mean an equivocal word intended to deprive a statement of its force), this book discusses these words both as a part of the historical process of language change and as a misleading and confusing element in current media. Humorous in tone, the book presents numerous examples of weasel word techniques taken from radio, television, citizen band language, media advertising, other advertising techniques and practices, Hollywood, the performing arts, sports, magazines, and books, as well as from the jargon used in discussing the new sex morality, pornography, women's liberation, the "generation gap," science, and education. (MAI)
Harper & Row, Publishers, Inc., 10 East 53rd Street, New York, New York 10022 ($9.95 cloth)
Publication Type: Books
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Language: English
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