Monday, September 12, 2011

Options to replace the word said

This is a list of words I've compiled to use in the place of "said".  I've catagorized them to a degree, but probably not as much as I could.  The list of most common are the ones I use the most.  They may not match yours.  Hopefully this will help you. :)  If you should have others that aren't on this list, feel free to let me know in the comments and I'll add them.

Most common
added, asked, assured, began, claimed, commented, confessed, confided, continued, explained, finished, guessed, informed, inquired, insisted, mentioned, mumbled, observed, pointed out, promised, reassured, remarked, repeated, replied, responded

admitted, advised, answered, articulated, assumed, called, cautioned, chatted, cited, consulted, conveyed, debated, decided, described, directed, disclosed, divulged, echoed, elaborated, emitted, estimated, exposed, expressed, forced, foretold, gasped, gawped, held, hesitated, hinted, implied, indicated, instructed, maintained, mimicked, mouthed, narrated, noted, notified, obeyed, offered, panted, petitioned, predicted, prescribed, prodded, professed, prompted, proposed, purported, purred, pushed, quivered, quoted, rambled, rationalized, reasoned, reckoned, recounted, reflected, related, relished, remonstrated, reported, restated, resumed, returned, revealed, ruled, shrugged, shuddered, slurred, smiled, speculated, spoke, started, stated, stressed, suggested, swooned, testified, thought, told, touted, trailed, twitted, twittered, understood, urged, uttered, verified, voiced, voted, wondered, yawned, yelped

accepted, acknowledged, admitted, affirmed, agreed, concurred

contended, denied, disputed, argued, corrected, countered, disagreed, retorted

cut in, cut off, interjected

applauded, approved, beamed, complimented, cooed, empathized, emphasized, encouraged, enlightened, illuminated, invited, lilted, praised, sympathized

accused, alleged, bellyached, berated, boasted, bragged, chided, choked, complained, criticized, cursed, disrupted, faltered, feared, fretted, frowned, fumed, fussed, gloated, glowered, gossiped, grated, grieved, griped, groaned, growled, grumbled, grunted, hissed, interrogated, interrupted, jabbed, jibed, judged, lamented, lectured, leered, lied, moaned, mocked, mourned, nagged, nitpicked, objected, preached, protested, scoffed, scolded, scowled, seethed, snapped, snarled, sneered, sniffled, sniped, sniveled, snorted, sobbed, spat, sputtered, stammered, struggled, stumbled, stuttered, swore, taunted, teased, threatened, warned

queried, questioned, requested

Strong positive
announced, asserted, cheered, chorused, commanded, crowed, declared, dictated, exclaimed, howled, persisted, persuaded, proclaimed, pronounced, rejoiced, sang, sang out, vocalized, vowed, whooped, yelled

Strong negative
barked, bellowed, bossed, chastised, demanded, hollered, ordered, raged, ranted, roared, screamed, screeched, shouted, shrieked, stormed, thundered, vented

breathed, comforted, consoled, dreamed, murmured, muttered, whispered, yawned, sighed

chanted, chimed in, chirped, crooned, droned, harmonized, sang, sung

chortled, chuckled, giggled, grinned, guffawed, joked, laughed, smirked, snickered

babbled, blubbered, blurted, clucked, croaked, drawled, exaggerated, gurgled, jabbered, quipped

agonized, appealed, bargained, bawled, beckoned, begged, beseeched, cried, cried out, entreated, implored, pleaded, pouted, prayed, quaked, trembled, wailed, wept, whimpered, whined


Anonymous said...

Excellent! Would love to see lists for "went" or "walked" and "turned"

John H. Carroll said...

If you go to the post called "List of descriptive words"

and then go down to "movement", there may be some options for you.

If you're using Microsoft Word, you can also right click on the word, go to synonyms and find options that way. :)