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PostSubject: 'Said' Is Dead   Sat Jul 07, 2012 9:35 pm

As role-players we find ourselves reusing the same words over and over again without much variety. Why not end one bad habit, "said"? Said is the biggest cop-out of descriptions; it says nothing about the manner, or the way the character said it.

Consider these:

accused
acknowledged
added
addressed
adduced
admitted
advised
advocated
affirmed
agreed
alleged
allowed
announced
answered
antagonized
apologized
appealed
applauded
apprised
argued
articulated
asked
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assured
averred
avowed
babbled
badgered
bantered
barked
bawled
bayed
beckoned
began
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belched
believed
belittled
bellowed
bemoaned
beseech
bewailed
bickered
blubbered
bluffed
blundered
blurted out
blustered
boated
boomed
bragged
broadcasted
brooded
bubbled
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butted in
buzzed
cajoled
called
caustic
chalk
charm
charge
chase
cheered
chided
chimed
chirped
choked
chuckled
cited
claimed
classified
clacked
coaxed
commanded
commenced
commended
commented
communicated
complained
compiled
complimented
concluded
confessed
confirmed
confused
congratulated
consented
contended continued
contributed
cooed
corrected
coughed
counted
cracked
cried
criticized
croaked
cross-examined
crowded
cursed
debated
decided
declaimed
declared
defined
demanded
demonstrated
denied
described
dictated
directed
disagreed
discerned
disclosed
disputed
divulged
drawled
dreamed
droned
drummed
echoed
eluded
emitted
emphasized
ended
enunciated
entreated
enumerated
estimated
eulogized
explained
exploded interpreted
interrogated
interrupted
intimidated
intoned
intonated
invited
iterated
jeered
jested
joined
joked
joshed
kidded
lamented
lashed out
laughed
lied
lisped
maintained
mentioned
meowed
mewed
mimicked
mispronounced
misquoted
moaned
mocked
mourned
mumbled
murmured
mused
muttered
nagged
named
narrated
nixed
objected
observed
opined
ordered
outlined
panted
paraphrased persisted
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piped
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pouted
praised
prayed
preached
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prevaricated
proclaimed
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promised
prompted
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puffed
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purred
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questioned
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quipped
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quoted
raged
rasped
ratified
read
reasoned
recalled
recapitulated
recited
recommended
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reflected
rehashed rehearsed
reiterated
rejoiced
related
remarked
remembered
reminded
reminisced
renounced
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replied
reported
requested
resounded
responded
restated
resumed
retorted
retracted
returned to
revealed
reviewed
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roared
rumored
sang
scoffed
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scorned
screamed
screeched
shouted
shrieked
shrugged
shuddered
sighed
smarted off
snapped
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snorted
sounded out
spat
specified
speculated
spit out spoke
sputtered
squawked
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stated
stormed
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stumbled
stuttered
suggested
sulked
summarized
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summoned
surmised
swore
talked
teased
threatened
thundered
told
trumpeted
urged
uttered
ventured
verbalized
verified
vocalized
vowed
wailed
warbled
warned
whimpered
whined
whispered
whistled
whizzed
wished
witnessed
wondered
wooed
wrangled
yelled
yelped
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