• One of our defects as a nation is a tendency to use what have been called ''weasel words.'' When a weasel sucks eggs the meat is sucked out of the egg. If you use a ''weasel word'' after another there is nothing left of the other.

    Speech, St. Louis, Mo., 31 May 1916. The Oxford English Dictionary documents usage of the term weasel word as early as 1900.
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