Month: July 2014

For Quotes Sake!

All I wanted was a price …

A client requested that I research the prices for some promotional merchandise, so I Googled and began to look at the results.  It didn’t take long to match the type of product on sale with my client’s specification so I clicked on the tab to “Get a quote”.  This is when my frustration began.

Each site wanted my contact details (including my postal address) before they would supply prices.  I clicked away from these sites because I knew what my future would hold: the company would supply me with a quote, possibly a follow up phone call and then the emails would begin. You know the sort of thing “we thought you’d like to know about our latest products”.  I would then have to go through a process to “un-subscribe” and OK none of this is particular arduous but it is irritating.  I am always delighted when someone signs-up for blog updates or my newsletter but I never automatically add anyone’s details to these lists.

This was when my inner Bob Geldof began to surface, I slapped my desk and shouted “just give me the quote NOW”.

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He Said, She Reiterated, They Concurred

In my post “Every Minute Counts” I suggest compiling a list of words as alternatives to “said”, here are some suggestions to help you:

Spoke
Articulated
Stated
Answered
Replied
Told
Disclosed
Expressed
Displayed
Imparted
Alleged
Voiced
Communicated
Talked

And here are some to avoid:

Declared
Preached
Nattered
Chattered
Yakked
Uttered
Pronounced
Exclaimed
Shouted
Cried
Whispered
Prattled