Arguments get pretty ugly these days. But they don’t have to. Reasoned argument can be a good thing, but we need to learn how to argue reasonably. That means learning to avoid fallacies like the ubiquitous Straw Man Fallacy.
A few weeks ago, I created a graphic poster that listed 100 ways to say “said.” It was quite a hit. But there are plenty of words that young writers settle for, perhaps because they are unaware of the many alternatives.
I doubt there’s another action verb blander than go or it’s past form, went. It seemed to me that there are numerous better, more vivid alternatives, so I started brainstorming. Before long, I not only passed 100, but made it all the way to 200. In fact, I’ve thought of more since, but you have to draw the line somewhere.