Simple isn’t always better, right?


I can’t remember who said the words ‘If there is a more simple way of saying something, use that’ and ‘why overuse a verb, when ‘said’ is just as sufficient’ but when I see people following these words of advice, it can really annoy me. Mind you, I do understand what they are trying to say; I for one, can sometimes over flamboyance a sentence. But the English language is vast and full of choice – and let’s face it, there are only so many times you can say ‘so-and-so said.’

Variety gives the reader so much more an experience than using the basic. Not only does it give them more imagination, more realism, it also (possibly) gives them chance to learn new words. And let’s face it – no matter what the saying says, you can teach an old dog new tricks. Some time ago, I blogged about the dictionary app for iPhone. If you didn’t read that post, definitely give it a read, as I talked about learning new words.

But in protest to the simple ways, I found this picture on Pinterest the other day, and I thought it was fantastic – especially as an aid for writers. What do you guys think? I like how it categorises the emotions into different intensities. So you may still use the word said but know you can add an extra word or too; and you never know – you may just learn a new word at the same time.

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4 thoughts on “Simple isn’t always better, right?

  1. You and me, Dan. I always try to use another word other than ‘said’, but all the ‘rule makers’ poo poo that option. The best writer I know who uses fantastic words instead of ‘said’ is Salmon Rushdie (I just love his writing) 😉

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