Probably the greatest American speech of our century was Gen. Douglas MacArthur's address to Congress on his return from Korea. Search all others, read this masterpiece, and you will recall what I mean. Many men are full of good language . But a truly great speech requires not only superb language but great wisdom and great truth at a great moment from the heart of a great man .
Source: Henry J. Taylor, San Francisco News
A word or phrase is "loaded" when it has a secondary, evaluative meaning in addition to its primary, descriptive meaning. When language is "loaded", it is loaded with its evaluative meaning. A loaded word is like a loaded gun, and its evaluative meaning is the bullet.
While few words have no evaluative overtones, "plant" is a primarily descriptive term. "Weed", in contrast, has essentially the same descriptive meaning as "plant", but a negative evaluative meaning, as well. A weed is a plant of which we disapprove.
Loaded language is not inherently fallacious, otherwise most poetry would commit this fallacy. However, it is often a logical boobytrap, which may cause one to leap to an unwarranted evaluative conclusion. The fallacy is committed either when an arguer attempts to use loaded words in place of an argument, or when an arguee makes an evaluation based on the colorful language in which an argument is clothed, rather than on the merits of the argument itself.
Loaded language is a subfallacy of Begging the Question, because to use loaded language fallaciously is to assume an evaluation that has not been proved, thereby failing to fulfill the burden of proof. For this reason, Jeremy Bentham dubbed this fallacy "Question-Begging Epithets".
This is an example of how a passage can consist of loaded language and little else. In reading this, we learn a lot of trivia about MacArthur's speech: that it was written in longhand on the plane "Bataan" flying from San Francisco to New York, that it was 3074 words long, and that it took less than 30 minutes to deliver. However, none of these facts has any bearing on whether that speech is "[p]robably the greatest American speech of our [20th] century". Instead, we get a lot of evaluative and loaded language, but nothing to back up the evaluation. Among the loaded words used in describing the speech are: