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I am a children's writer from the Virgin Islands. Growing up there was like living inside a history book; an imagination stimulator. Consequently I've been writing for just about forever. I am a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature and a member of SCBWI.

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Alternatives - Choose

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:

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Choose your words wisely. I am pleased to include "alternative" to the list!

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

accept, adopt, adjudge, adjudicate, aim at, alternative, appoint, arbitrate

ballot, be desirous of, be inclined, be persuaded, between

call for, cast, cherry-pick, chew on/over, cogitate, command, commit oneself, conclude, consider, contemplate, co-opt, covet, crave, cull, cut and paste

debate, decide on, decree, deliberate, delicate, desiderate, designate, desire, determine, discretion, discriminate, division, draw lots,

elect, embrace, entertain, espouse, excerpt, extract

fancy, fastidious, favor, feel disposed to, feel inclined, figure, find, finical, finger, finicky, first come first serve, fix on, fussy


handpick, have designs on


like, love, lust (after)

make a choice, make a decision, make up one’s mind, mark (out for), mediate, mull (over)

name, nice, nominate

opt for, option, optional

particular, pernickety, persnickety, pick (out), pick and choose, please, poll, ponder, predestine, prefer, preselect, put to the vote


rather have, referee, reserve, resolve, rule (on), ruminate

see fit, select, separate, set, set apart/aside, settle on/upon, set one’s seal upon, sift, single out, slot, sort, study

tab, tag, take (to), take a decided/decisive step, take for better or worse, tap, think about/fit/good/proper/over


voice, vote for

want, weigh (in), will, winnow, wish (for), wish to goodness, would fain do

Got a favorite word? I'm kind of partial to persnickety, myself. It's a word my mother used to say... "Don't get persnickety with me!"

I simply could not resist using this song, "Choose Me."


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

And even if you don't choose, you still have made a choice.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Bish .. lots of choices you've given us. Choice is a difficult word for many ...

Persnickety - I love that ..

Cheers Hilary

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Choices for the word choose - LOL!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Great list of different word choices. Thanks.

Medeia Sharif said...

These are great alternatives to create word variety.

Liza said...

I like "glean."

Marcia said...

I like "persnickety" too. I think it's the sound.

M. J. Joachim said...

I think perhaps befuddled is one of my favorite words. There are a few other ones, but this is the one that comes readily to mind. However, I do believe I'll start using your persnickety word, if nothing for no other reason, than to see how my kids react when I say it to them.

Laura Clipson said...

Hey, thanks for stopping by! Persnickety is a good one, I need to use that more.

Ann Hinds said...

What am interesting blog and I am pinning the word choices. I am looking forward to the A-Z too.

DMS said...

Always fantastic to learn alternatives to common words. :) I love persnickety and I am a big fan or surreptitiously and serendipitous.

Martin Willoughby said...

That is an exhaustive list. Thanks.

Meradeth Houston said...

Persnickety is such a good word! I get stuck on "something" a lot lately, though it's just one of the many repeat words I find myself over using. Great list--definitely some amazing other options out there to choose from :)

Sherry Ellis said...

I like, "opt." It's fun to see the different options you have for a word. That's why my Thesaurus is such a good friend!