Thoughts

  • Kate Elizabeth

How many times have i said?

Updated: Apr 19, 2018

Words are so absolutely vital. The truly are like verbal painting - the right one adds depth and tone and patina. We so often fall into the same patterns, I mean how often do any of us pick up a dictionary (or open the app on our phone) to check a meaning or find an alternative.



As I break open topics for my art, I write down my thought process.


It allows me to refine my thinking, to go off on tangents, to return to the original idea with a fascination like our tongue seeking a gap-tooth or a burn on the roof of our mouth.


It allows me to choose words I wouldn't normally and to choose many words to try and pin down an elusive thought.


In cleaning out my studio I found a list of alternative words for said I wrote in grade four, all in beautiful cursive:

  • Acknowledged

  • Added

  • Admitted

  • Advised

  • Agreed

  • Announced

  • Answered

  • Approved

  • Argued

  • Assumed

  • Assured

  • Asked

  • Babbled

  • Bargained

  • Began

  • Boasted

  • Bragged

  • Called

  • Claimed

  • Commanded

  • Commented

  • Complained

  • Cried

  • Decided

  • Demanded

  • Denied

  • Described

  • Dictated

  • Emphasized

  • Estimated

  • Exclaimed

  • Explained

  • Expressed

  • Feared

  • Giggled

  • Grinned

  • Grunted

  • Indicated

  • Insisted

  • Instructed

  • Laughed

  • Lectured

  • Lied

  • Mentioned

  • Moaned

  • Mumbled

  • Murmured

  • Nagged

  • Noted

  • Notified

  • Objected

  • Observed

  • Ordered

  • Pleaded

  • Pointed out

  • Prayed

  • Predicted

  • Questioned

  • Reassured

  • Related

  • Repeated

  • Replied

  • Responded

  • Requested

  • Restated

  • Revealed

  • Roared

  • Ruled

  • Scolded

  • Screamed

  • Shouted

  • Shrieked

  • Snapped

  • Sneered

  • Sobbed

  • Spoke

  • Sputtered

  • Stammered

  • Stated

  • Stormed

  • Suggested

  • Taunted

  • Thought

  • Told

  • Urged

  • Uttered

  • Vowed

  • Wailed

  • Warned

  • Whispered

Even back then I was fully exploring a topic, pushing it to the edge. Or so I insisted.


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©2018 by Ellen Elizabeth.