Weasel Words in Computer Science

This week I had the opportunity to sit in on an M.Sc Thesis Defense at Guelph.  In most of my courses so far at Guelph the profs have stressed that we should avoid weasel words at all costs in our Thesis and our defense. 

The definition of a “weasel word” varies depending on the source but generally they are words which are misleading, make baseless claims or are exaggerations to make ideas sound better.  Or like a weasel sucks the insides out of an egg, the weasel word sucks the value out of the document it appears in.