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Surviving the Toxic Workplace: Protect Yourself Against Coworkers, Bosses, and Work Environments That Poison Your Day by Linnda Durre

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CHAPTER 8Eliminate Weasel Words and Escape Clauses

Let’s look at some specific words and phrases that are used by some people to buy time, avoid giving answers, and escape commitment. If you use these words and phrases yourself, take a scalpel and cut them out of your thinking, speaking, and writing. Words like these only weaken you and make you sound noncommittal, undependable, and untrustworthy.

“Try”

Try is a weasel word. “Well, I’ll try,” some people say. It’s a cop-out. They’re just giving you lip service when they probably have no real intention of doing what you ask. Remember what Yoda says to Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: “Do or do not—there is no try.” Take Yoda’s advice. Give it your all when you attempt something. And if it doesn’t ...

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