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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Alternatives for Change

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.

Today's word is:
The only thing constant, is change. And on this, the second day of the New Year, it seems more than coincidental that the next word on my list of over used words just happens to be, CHANGE.
Change is the one thing we can be sure of. It applies to all aspects of our lives. Embrace change, it is your brother/sister. It is at the heart of all we do.

“If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. … We need not wait to see what others do." Gandhi. 

These words have been simplified, rewritten, changed into something with which we are all more familiar: Be the change you wish to see in the world.

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

about-face, adapt/adaptation, addition, adjust/adjustment, advance, alter/alteration/alternate, amend/amendment, avatar

barter, become different, blacken, bleach, bleed, break

compression, contraction, convert/conversion, correction

deepen, deformation, deoxidization, deoxidation, depart from, departure, derivation, develop/development, deviate/deviation difference, discolor, displace/displacement, distortion, diversification/diversify/diversity, diversion, doctor, dye

edit, evolve/evolution, exchange

fade, fluctuate/fluctuation

give way, gray,

inconstancy, inflexion, innovate/innovation, interchange, introduce new blood, inversion



make different, make way for, mellow, metagenesis, metamorphose/metamorphosis, moderate, modification/modify, modulate/modulation, mood, mutate/mutation



pale, permutation, permute


recast, reconstruct/reconstruction, rectification, redden, redesign, redo/redoing, refashion/refashioning, refine/refinement, reform/reformation, regulate/regulation, relieve, remake/remaking, remodel/remodeling, remove, reorder, reorganize, replace/replacement, reshape, resolution, restyle, revamp/revamping, reversal/reverse review, revise/revision, revolution, rework/reworking, run

shift, shuffle the cards, substitute/substitution, surrogate, supersede, swap, switch

take a turn, tamper with, tarnish, tempering, trade, transanimation, transmigration, transfiguration/transfigure/transfigurment, transference, transform/transformation, transition, transmute/transmutation, transubstantiation, turn, turnover, turn the corner, tweak

vamp up, variance, variation, variety, vary, vacillate, veer, vicissitude

warp, wax and wane, whiten, whole new ball game


Change as in money
abundance, allowance

banknote, bankroll, big bucks, bill, bomb (British), boodle, bread, bucks, buddle, bundle

cabbage, capital, cash, cashier’s check, change, check, chips, chump change, coin, coinage, currency

dead presidents, dibs, dime, dollar, dough, draft,


finances, folding money, fortune, funds

gold, green, greenbacks


kale, king’s ransom

legal tender, lolly (British), long green, lot, lucre

mad money, means, megabucks, mint, mite, money order, moola

needful, note


paper money, peanuts, pelf, petty cash, pin money, pittance, pile, pocket money, pot

resources, riches, roll

scratch, scrip, shekels, shoestring, specie, spending money

tender, treasure

wad, wallet, wampum, wealth, wherewithal


This song by the Scorpions is truly beautiful with a profound and simple message that is as relevant today as when it was first released. Happy New Year. 


  1. Some good M words today.
    Ironically, I woke up to Yes's song Changes blaring on my alarm clock this morning!

  2. Hi, Bish. Great post.

  3. Hi Bish - Change is going on all the time isn't it - it's that 'thing' that some people can't take ...

    Love the list of alternatives you've given us ..

    The video has a great message too - we really do need to live as brothers ... cheers Hilary

  4. Perfect word for the new year. Hope you have a wonderful 2014, Bish!

    Happy reading and writing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

  5. Blimey! So many words to use instead of change! Until I read them all, I'd only come up with 'alteration'! (although I have to admit I hadn't been trying very hard or for very long!) Happy New Year!

  6. Awesome list!

    I love this series, btw. Don't know if I mentioned it before. ;-)

  7. What a great list!

    (And it's good to know that even Ghandi was better with an edit!)

  8. As far as changes, I hope to simplify.

  9. I'm looking for the total removal of overused expressions. At the end of the day, to be honest, I'm not being funny, but.... you know what I'm saying...

    I like your thinking in your post, Bish! To um coin a phrase, change is as good as a rest, evidently.

    Gary :)

  10. Metagenesis! I'll probably go instead with permutation. :)

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  13. Excellent list! Perfect for the start of the new year when so many people are working towards changing things about themselves.

    In the new year I am trying to live more in the moment and appreciate everything around me. :)

    Wishing you a wonderful 2014 with lots of laughs, happy times, and good health.

  14. Change keeps coming at me. My goal this year is to accept it.

  15. These are fantastic.

    That song gives me goosebumps.

  16. That is an impressive list of synonyms. Are you going to put these in a book at some point?


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