Think your manuscript’s filled with repeating words or phrases? “Said” is one of the most re-used terms in the English language, which is a pity considering how many other terms there are for speaking. Below are some simple words that can substitute “said” easily, separated by situations your speaker may be in. As you write keep in mind my rule about “said”: use “said” more often than any other synonyms. This emphasizes the importance of the synonyms and the tone of the conversation.

First talker
♣ Began
♣ Started
Talking Next
♦ Acknowledged
♦ Answered
♦ Protested
♦ Responded
♦ Retorted
♦ Replied
Last Speaker
♣ Concluded
♣ Concurred
♣ Determined
♣ Ended
♣ Finished

Keeps Speaking
♦ Elaborated
♦ Commented
♦ Continued
♦ Lectured
♦ Ranted
♦ Surmised
Seeking Attention
♣ Enunciated
♣ Explained
♣ Elaborated
♣ Hinted
♣ Implied

♣ Lectured
♣ Reiterated
♣ Recited
♣ Reminded
♣ Stressed

Judgemental
♣ Advised
♣ Criticized
♣ Suggested
Small Talk
♦ Commented
♦ Guessed
♦ Mentioned
♦ Noted
♦ Observed
♦ Pointed out
♦ Remarked
♦ Stated
♦ Voiced

Joining the Conversation
♣ Added
♣ Cut in
♣ Joined in
♣ Implored
♣ Input
♣ Inquired
♣ Interrupted
♣ Insisted
♣ Proposed
♣ Queried
♣ Questioned
♣ Recommended
♣ Testified

Striking a Deal
♦ Consented
♦ Decided
♦ Bargained
♦ Begged
♦ Exhorted
♦ Implored
♦ Pleaded
♦ Prayed
♦ Offered
♦ Urged
Weak/Timid
♣ Appealed
♣ Begged
♣ Blurted
♣ Complained
♣ Cried
♣ Faltered
♣ Sobbed
♣ Wheezed
Annoyed
♦ Grumbled
♦ Grunted
♦ Quipped
♦ Scolded
♦ Teased

Smugly Smart/Assumed
♣ Articulated
♣ Asserted
♣ Assured
♣ Avowed
♣ Claimed
♣ Commanded
♣ Cross-examined

♣ Determined
♣ Demanded
♣ Digressed
♣ Directed
♣ Foretold
♣ Instructed
♣ Interrupted

♣ Predicted
♣ Proclaimed
♣ Quoted
♣ Surmised
♣ Theorized
♣ Ventured

Thinking
♦ Guessed
♦ Hypothesized
♦ Speculated
♦ Theorized
♦ Thought aloud
♦ Pondered
♦ Postulated
♦ Proposed
♦ Wondered
Supporting Another Speaker
♣ Affirmed
♣ Agreed
♣ Alleged
♣ Confirmed

Secretive
♦ Cautioned
♦ Confided
♦ Disclosed
♦ Divulged
♦ Whispered
♦ Warned
Nervous Manner
♣ Babbled
♣ Bawled
♣ Fretted
♣ Sputtered
♣ Stammered
♣ Stuttered
Spoke Quietly
♦ Breathed
♦ Hissed
♦ Mumbled
♦ Murmured
♦ Muttered
♦ Uttered
♦ Whispered

Loud
♣ Announced
♣ Crowed
♣ Declared
♣ Shouted
Said Rudely
♦ Boasted
♦ Bragged
♦ Gloated
♦ Jeered
♦ Mocked
♦ Snapped
♦ Sneered
Bad Guy Talking
♣ Dictated
♣ Equivocated
♣ Ordered
♣ Reprimanded
♣ Snarled
♣ Threatened

Furious
♦ Argued
♦ Barked
♦ Bellowed
♦ Challenged
♦ Cursed
♦ Exploded
♦ Fumed
♦ Growled
♦ Hissed
♦ Hollered
♦ Howled
♦ Retorted
♦ Roared
♦ Swore
♦ Thundered
Common Verbs to use in Arguments
♣ Chided
♣ Contended
♣ Corrected
♣ Countered
♣ Debated
♣ Defended
♣ Denied
♣ Elaborated
♣ Lectured
♣ Objected
♣ Preached
♣ Ranted
♣ Retorted

Guilty/Reluctance/Sorry
♦ Admitted
♦ Apologized
♦ Conceded
♦ Confessed
♦ Professed
Overwhelmed by Emotions
♣ Croaked
♣ Lamented
♣ Pleaded
♣ Pledged
♣ Sobbed
♣ Sympathized
♣ Wailed
♣ Whimpered

Happily Said
♣ Cajoled
♣ Chuckled
♣ Exclaimed
♣ Gushed
♣ Jested
♣ Joked
♣ Laughed
♣ Snorted
Strangely Happy
♦ Cheered
♦ Extolled
♦ Exclaimed
♦ Jabbered
♦ Raved

Surprised
♣ Gasped
♣ Marveled
♣ Screeched
♣ Shouted
♣ Shrieked
♣ Squeaked
♣ Squealed
♣ Yelped
♣ Yelled
♣ Wondered