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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Alternatives for All

Alternatives is a recurring post in which I give synonyms for an over used word. Click on the tab above for a "complete" list of over used words. - Custom comment codes for MySpace, Hi5, Friendster and more 
Today's word is: ALL
Depending on how you use it, this list may come in handy for finding another way to say the same thing.

After all, It's all we can do.
The three musketeers fairbanks

Here are some examples of how we might substitute the word ALL for something else. 

One for en masse and en masse for one!  
.................Hmmm how about,
One for the kit and kaboodle and the kit and kaboodle for one!
................. Errrr
The works for one and one for the works?   
..................OH! I've got it!
The group for one and one for the group! 

And now, without further mangling of a perfectly good line, your alternatives.

accumulation, across the board, aggregate, aggregation, all in all, all-embracing, Alpha and Omega, altogether, amount, as a whole
be all and end all, blanket, bulk
collection, complete, comprehensive
en masse, encompassing, ensemble, entire, entirely, entirety, everyone, everything, exactly, extensive
full, fully
global, greatest, gross, group
in sum, in the long run, in the main, in toto, indivisible, integer
jackpot, just
length and breath, lion’s share, lock stock and barrel
nothing but
on the whole,only, outright
panoptic, perfect, purely
quantity, quite
solely, sum, sum total, sweeping
the kit and caboodle, the long and the short, the works, total, totally
unbroken, uncut, undivided, unit, utmost, utter, utterly
wall to wall, whole ball of wax, whole enchilada, whole nine yards, whole schmear, whole shooting match, whole show, wholesale, wholly, wide, wide spread

Can you think of a perfectly good line or title to slaughter? Here are a few to sink your pencil into.
All in the Family
All our dreams can come true, if you have the courage to pursue them. Walt Disney
Abandon hope all ye who enter here.
All's well that ends well.


  1. Lock, stock, and Barrel in the Family! Hmm, that actually works.

  2. Microsoft Word always tries to tell me to replace "all" with "the entire." I never listen.

  3. All in all a Great list of alternatives, Bish! :)

  4. Holy cow! This is a great list. I just edited an essay that used the word "very" about fifty billion times. "All" is similar.

  5. Panoptic! Now there's a cool word!

  6. I've been zapping a few "alls" in my current work. I'm also chasing after "just" plus "and."

  7. You mean like, 'On the whole our dreams can come true...' That just about sums up how I'm feeling right now!

    Just is one of my over-used words. I just used it. Then is another one but then people do use then an awful lot when they talk so we've need to make sure that direct speech is believable.

  8. Hahahaha I've been playing with the titles. Favorite so far:

    Lion's Share in the Family.

    Punny. ^_^

  9. Ohhh...Kelly's comment made me laugh!

    I wish I had you next to me when I'm writing. I could say, "Bish...what's another word for _________?" That would be awesome!

  10. Such a great list. Keep those synonyms coming. Thank you. Thank you.

  11. I love this and I have to agree with some of the previous commenters..."just" is my worst recurring word! :)


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