October 10, 2005

AP Guide to NewsWriting: Chapter 7: Pitfalls: Attributive Verbs and Loaded Words

This chapter is the one that deals with said, claimed, etc.

The AP Guide to Newswriting states:

Among attributed verbs, said usually says it best. It's short, clear, neutral, and unfailingly accurate, a verb for all seasons.

You'll need substitutes occassionally to avoid monotony, but becareful; they are not true synonyms of said, not even--especially not--stated or declared.

So what does Lou decide to do? He decides to look up some synonyms of the word, said...

articulate, ejaculatory, lingual, narrated, phonated, phonetic, phonic, recounted, related, said, sonant, sounded, told, unwritten, uttered, verbal, viva voce, vocal, voiced, word-of-mouth, accounted, alleged, assumed, conjectural, considered, deemed, estimated, gossiped, held, hypothetical, ostensible, putative, reckoned, regarded, reported, rumored, said, seeming, supposed, suppositional, suppositious, supposititious, suppositive, suppository, thought

So there ya go, the next talk you to talk to President Clinton, you can say

"I believe in the American People as awhole," ejaculated President Bill Clinton.

I know that this part of the book also says about using claimed and admitted, but I am not going into that, as I feel enough has been said in class about it.

Posted by lougagliardi at October 10, 2005 02:53 PM | TrackBack

But do you honestly think the average Joe would know what articulate, ejaculatory, lingual, narrated, phonated, phonetic, etc. means. Yes, using said gets a little monotonous, but think of it this way: less thought goes into trying to find synonyms.

Posted by: Katie Lambert at October 11, 2005 04:18 PM
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