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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Alternatives for Almost - Custom comment codes for MySpace, Hi5, Friendster and moreAlternatives 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. 

Depending on how you use it, this list may come in handy for finding another way to say the same thing.

Today's word is: Almost

I bet almost everyone has said, "It's almost time to go." Or, "I'm almost finished." 

It's a handy little word, is almost. And, because it is so handy, it gets over used. Alas, poor Almost, who came so close to finishing first.

Imagine saying, "It's in the neighborhood of the time to go." 
"I'm on the brink of being finished."

Truly, it is a mere nothing. I am approximately near to being well-nigh crazy.

And now, for your further edification, here is a list of possible alternatives. (Don't worry Almost, you'll still get plenty of air time.)

a drop in the bucket, a mere nothing, about, about to, all but, approximately, around, as good as
bordering on
close to, close upon, closely
enough, essentially
faintly, for all practical purposes, for the greatest part
hardly anything
in effect, in the neighborhood of, in the vicinity of
just about
most, much
near the mark, near to, next to nothing, nigh, no more than, not far from, not quite
on the brink of, on the edge of, on the point of, on the verge of
practically, pretty near
relatively, relatively speaking, roughly
scarcely, short of all but, slightly, so near and yet so far, substantially
tantamount to, to all intents
verging on, virtually
well-nigh, within an inch, within sight of

Are we almost done yet? I'm sorry dear, there are a lot more over used words to find alternatives for.


  1. Who knew such a great word would be so hard to categorize.

  2. Haha! Love your alternatives. I do quite like 'almost' for its simplicity, though.

  3. "Almost" is one of the words I try to kill whenever I find it in my writing.

  4. I usually just use nearly, but you've got a lot of great alternatives!

  5. This is a great list. And I know that I overuse a lot of words ALMOST all the time.

    What can I say?

  6. Or there's the variation from my childhood: "pret' near." :)

  7. You could do this series for twenty years and still not cover them all. Almost!

  8. I like well-nigh, it's classy :-)


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