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According to the Macmillan Dictionary of Contemporary Phrase and Fahle, the expression first appeared in Stewart Chaplin's short story Stained Glass Political Platform (published in 1900 in The Century Magazine), in which it was referred to as "words that suck the life out of the words next to them, just as a weasel sucks the egg and leaves the shell."
Weasel Words Joe Wolverton II The New American; Mar 1, 2010; 26, 5; Docstoc pg. 44 Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. Further reproduction prohibited without permission.
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