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Here is a recap of the alternatives to said to help your writing have more sizzle…

 

Synonyms For Said – Reporting

 

added
advised
called
complained
congratulated
continued
stated
announced
asserted
commented
declared
informed
lied
observed
offered
mentioned
protested
quoted
recalled
related
reminded
remarked
remembered
repeated
replied
reported
reassured
revealed
taunted
teased
tempted
to enhance an argument
to warn, to offer help
to capture attention by increased volume
to express dislike or disagreement
to give wishes; to acknowledge an action or deed
to further or add to an earlier point
to say or paraphrase from official documents
to declare formally and or publicly
to state positively but having no proof
to explain, interpret, or criticize – to make a remark
to make known clearly and openly
to give information, to make known; declare
to not speak truthfully
to mention casually
to suggest; to state
to state briefly; to bring up in conversation
to formally or openly disagree
to repeat words of others; to cite a source
to remember or bring up
to make connection; to say allegorically
to remember; to mention so as not to forget
to make a brief, casual statement of an opinion
to recall
to say again; to restate
to answer; to say in response
to give a formal statement; to give an account of
to give additional comfort, support, or evidence
to make known; to publish
to cruelly tease in a mocking or insulting manner
to annoy or pester; vex
to cause to consider (usually) something bad

Synonyms For Said – Explaining

 

addressed
answered
asserted
assured
broke in
cautioned
claimed
concluded
confided
described
explained
finished
quipped
implied
noted
promised
puzzled
reckoned
rejoined
replied
responded
retorted
returned
speculated
surmised
to speak directly to sme, respond or answer
to respond to a question
to add or offer additional information
to soothe, comfort, calm
to interrupt, supplying additional information
to warn or advise; strongly suggest
to assert or maintain; to state as fact
to finish or draw to a close; to understand
to let in on a secret; to disclose
to give additional information
to make or offer an explanation
to conclude or complete
to say ironically or unemotionally
to suggest, hint, or say without saying
to make mention; to acknowledge
to give word or make a vow
to say with doubt or ambiguity
to add or submit; to figure or believe
to answer an objection
to answer a question or comment
to reply or answer a question or comment
to reply to criticism in a sharp, witty way
to answer an objection; to reply to a criticism or charge
to guess using information available
to conclude or deduce

Synonyms For Said – Arguing

 

accused
agreed
argued
commanded
contended
convinced
countered
chided
disagreed
emphasized
exclaimed
interjected
interrupted
maintained
objected
pleaded
proclaimed
proposed
reasoned
sassed
screamed
threatened
warned
yelled
to charge, slander
to concur, to be in harmony
defend position, disagree or dispute
lead; overwhelm opposition
to argue, dispute, disagree
persuaded; remove all doubt, win over
to dispute, question
to scold mildly; to goad into action
to be at odds; to not agree
to stress
to speak suddenly, loudly with surprise
to add or assert; to interrupt
to cut off or disrupt; to interject out of turn
to assert, to support by argument, to affirm
to disagree; be in oppostion to
to implore or beg; to speak desperately
to announce officially; support publicly
to set forth a design or plan
to state calmly and with logic
to speak back to authority figure; rebel
to use high pitch loud voice
to say in menacing manner
to make aware in advance of harm, danger, or evil
to shout or use loud voice; scream

 

Synonyms For Said – Suggesting

 

chimed in
coaxed
dared
hinted
implied
insinuated
intimated
pondered
suggested
urged
to add (usually) unwanted advice
to convince against someone’s will; change mind
challenge, question
implies suggestion
similar to suggest – indicates a definite idea
to convey sth unpleasant in a sly, sneaky way
to say without saying, stresses delicacy of situation
to consider; to weigh all options
to propose as a possibility, to imply
To entreat earnestly and often repeatedly; exhort

 

Synonyms For Said – Questioning

 

asked
begged
blurted
bugged
demanded
guessed
hypothesized
implored
inquired
insisted
pleaded
questioned
requested
wondered
worried
to question or solicit
to ask in a humble manner earnestly
to interrupt or interject, to ask all together
to ask repetitively; difficult or unwanted questions
to ask for urgently and boldly
to infer; to ask without evidence
to guess, infer
to ask with fervor, implying desperation or distress
to ask, seek information
to demand strongly, to declare firmly
to answer a legal charge, to lovingly implore
to ask, doubt, or dispute
to ask (sometimes) formally
to say with puzzlement or doubt
to cause to feel anxious, distressed, or troubled

 

Said Synonyms – Acknowledging

 

acknowledged
admitted
affirmed
alleged
approved
avowed
boasted
bragged
conceded
confessed
corrected
denied
disclosed
divulged
fretted
greeted
imitated
jested
marveled
nodded
praised
revealed
uttered
volunteered
reluctant disclosure of something perhaps a secret
reluctance to disclose or concede facts
implies deep conviction, little chance of contradiction
to assert or declare, especially without proof
to consent or agree
boldly declaring, often in the face of opposition
to take pride in, brag or overstate
to boast or overstate; be prideful
similar to acknowledge and admit
an admission of a weakness, failure, omission, or guilt
to instruct more correctly; remove misconception
not accepted; unused, refused
to reveal something previously concealed
to reveal sth that should have remained secret
to needlessly worry about small details
to acknowledge presence; salute, salutation
to copy, mimic or simulate
to make fun of, tease
to speak with wonderment or amazement
to move head up and down in agreement
to speak of with honor; to speak highly of someone
to make known that which had been secret or hidden
to articulate; pronounce or speak
to give or offer to give voluntarily

 

Synonyms For Said – Tone

 

barked
bawled
beamed
bellowed
bleated
boomed
cackled
chattered
cheered
choked
clucked
cried
croaked
crowed
declaimed
drawled
groaned
grumbled
grunted
jeered
joked
laughed
mimicked
mumbled
murmured
muttered
nagged
ordered
ranted
roared
scolded
shouted
shrieked
smiled
smirked
snapped
snarled
sneered
squeaked
wailed
whispered
to speak sharply or loudly; shout
to cry loudly
to glow, shine, radiate
to roar, to cry out in anger or fear
to repeat same sound (cry) again and again
to speak with loud, deep, voice; a thunderous sound
to laugh cynically – implies sinister intent; sneer
to speak noisily about something unimportant; small talk
to yell loudly; to give a shout
to speak with great difficulty due to emotion
noise made using tongue against bottom of mouth
to call for help, to shout, to weep, to sob
to make a sound like a frog; hoarse voice
to speak in a self satisfied way; to boast
to speak in a pompous way
to speak in a way that prolongs the vowels
to make noise in chest or throat
to speak under one’s breath; to show disapproval
to make unintelligible low sounds
to speak or shout derisively; to mock
to make a joke or speak in funny manner
to say in fun, joking manner
to say by copying another; to make fun of by imitating
to utter inarticulate or almost inaudible sounds
to speak in a low, indistinct voice
to speak in a low, indistinct voice; inarticulate
to badger; to continually remind
to speak demandingly, with authority
to make short, angry monologue or speech
to utter a loud, deep sound; animalistic
to find fault; speak angrily
to make a loud cry or call
to make a loud, piercing cry or sound
to say good naturedly, kindly; in a kind manner
to say with contempt
to say suddenly and angrily
to say with a hateful rage
to say in scornful manner
to say with tiny high pitched voice
to express grief or pain through long, loud cries
to speak softly to avoid being overheard

 

Synonyms For Said – Sounds & Misc.

 

babbled
bubbled
chatted
chortled
chorused
chuckled
coughed
decided
echoed
gasped
giggled
growled
gulped
gurgled
hissed
hollered
lisped
panted
piped
quavered
shrilled
sighed
snickered
sniffed
snorted
sobbed
sputtered
stammered
stuttered
vowed
wept
whimpered
whine
to speak incoherently; gibberish, like baby talk
to speak lively and expressively; with joy
to speak informally as to a friend
to chuckle gleefully; short laugh of joy
to speak simultaneously, together
short, soft laugh; usually to one’s self
short, strong expulsion of air from lungs
finished, set
repeated sound
heavy breath after scare or physical exertion
short, high-pitched laugh from fear or nervousness
rough, threatening manner
to speak taking in large amounts of air as if drinking
to speak with fluid in the throat
to speak in evil threatening manner
to shout usually to someone at a distance
to speak unclearly substituting sounds especially ‘th’
to speak as if out of breath
to speak suddenly and loudly
to speak emotionally with faltering voice
high pitched shriek
to speak with difficulty as if bored
to say derisively with a laugh
to say as if about to cry
to say with contempt and a short burst of breath
to cry uncontrollably
to speak with difficulty perhaps from impediment
repeating words and sounds while missing others
to repeat certain sounds multiple times
to promise solemnly; pledge
to cry softly, quietly
to cry or sob with soft intermittent sounds; whine
to complain or protest in a childish fashion

 

When we last left the Eureka cast, it was a on a high note turned sour.  The Astreaus mission to Titan is ready finalizing for its exploratory mission, goodbyes are being said, but overall, a definite sense of accomplishment and anticipation.  Of course, this means something goes wrong- after all the crew is aboard in their protective chambers, the ship launches uncontrollably with Allison Blake (Salli Richardson-Whitfield) unintentionally aboard.  And that’s where we left off…

Here there be spoilers…

 

Episode 1, Lost- We start off with the Astreaus, and find out what happened.  In fact, it is a solid, surprisingly action-packed beginning to the final season- definitely a welcome surprise- since we left of a cliffhanger and aren’t normally treated to strong action sequences. The crew crash lands- wait a minute, on Earth?- and almost four years have passed.  This comes as quite a shock to the crew, but we see it most clearly with Allison and Zane (Niall Matter), who find out their significant others, Sheriff Jack Carter, (Colin Ferguson) and Deputy Lupo (Erica Cerra), have moved on and gotten together with each other.  Further complicating matters, there has been a change in how things are run in Eureka- it’s very Stepford Wives, except instead of robot replacements, Android Deputy Andy (Kavan Smith) and his A.I. brethren control the people of Eureka using a device from the show’s history.

Aside from the changes in the town, a few things seem wrong.  One of the most prominent elements is how tightly “happy thoughts” are enforced in the town.  When Zane and Lupo have an argument outside of Café Diem, one of the Martha flying drones incapacitates Zane.  In fact, this incident leads to Carter, Allison and everyone deciding it times to take the town back.  After noting the change of Dr. Parrish’s (Wil Wheaton) personality, they know which invention needs to be used.  The ensemble cast gets a good chance to showcase individual members, without it feeling “by the numbers”. Once the Andy problem is resolved, the crew of the Astreaus begin to integrate into the freed town once more.

 

Episode 2, The Real Thing- This episode begins with the return of Beverly Barlowe (Debrah Farentino) in a lab, surrounded by the Astreaus crew.  Each crew member is hooked up, and we learn they are not four years in the future, but tied into a virtual reality simulator.  This is what was teased at when Zane was unconscious, (if you paid close attention and remembered it for a week), but does come out of left field.  We learn that all 21 members of the crew survived and are being used to develop new technologies for the Consortium.  And, we learn that the time skip inside the VR lets helps to form new memories in the crew, as well as explain any anomalies in the program.  Honestly, this reviewer found the lack of transition from Futurama Eureka to in a VR simulation a bit jarring.  A few seconds from the POV of an unconscious character in one episode, to full reveal in the intro of the next? Aside from this point, the surprises play out quite well.

Which brings us back to Eureka.  In the month that the crew and the Astreaus has been missing, Jack, Kevin (Trevor Jackson) and Henry (Joe Morton) have been working furiously trying to find the ship.  Of course, they have been looking to the stars- the mission was to Titan, after all.  Once Senator Wen (Ming-Na) officially calls off the search, Kevin resorts to his old tricks of borrowing from Eureka’s scientists to assist his search.  In fact, Henry confirms that he has designed a device that can track the Astreaus- so Jack and Carter send out a call for the parts they need.  The residents of the town respond with everything they can, just short one crucial piece.  With Andy and the returned Lupo’s help, they are able to secure it from a nearby military outpost.

In V-Eureka, the stress on the system causes an iguana experiment from the mission to become a dragon.  Fargo and Holly disagree on if it can be real, because dragons are mythical.  In fact, no one really can believe it, even after a few minor injuries and capturing said dragon.   Holly’s scratches, however, prove to be the solution to a problem with the VR matrix.

Back in the real world, the tracking device is activated.  Eureka’s best rolls out to rescue the crew, but they only find the ship and the room with the unimportant equipment from the simulation.  This gives Jack a hunch, and which he uses to find out that Eureka had a mole- one who tipped off the kidnappers.  The back and forth between Virtual Eureka and Real Eureka worked well in this episode, and served to play off each environment.  That said, the death of the character feels like it was more for shock value- one might say Whedon-esque- especially given the resources available and the benefits of keeping him/her alive.