I recently read an article about weasel words. These are words and phrases aimed at creating an impression that something specific and meaningful has been said, when in fact only a vague or ambiguous claim has been communicated.
I searched around for examples and put together a list. Below is a form that will allow you to paste some text and have the results returned with the weasel words highlighted.
I ran a few of my stories through and the results are humbling.
Many of the weasel words can be deleted since they are superfluous. The cure for the rest is to use an exact word instead of the vague one.
One problem is that that these words have some legitimacy in text, especially in conversation. Some usage is weasel-ish and some usage is not. It is best to ban these words, but there will always be exceptions. The important thing is that they do not creep into your prose and diminish the impact of what you want to say.
(Run the text above through the detector. It has several weasel words.)