Monday, November 3, 2008

Word Substitution in Fiction

Mountain MagicWe showered outside when it rained. What a great substitution for we played in the rain. This excerpt from the book, Mountain Magic, written by Alice Boggs Lentz showed how word substitution is used in fiction. I discovered this during Mrs. Wolfe's read aloud in a fourth grade-six grade co-writing project.

Have a good fictional word substitution? Please share it.

21 comments:

peyton g said...

The book I am reading is called Good Bye, Grace? . The word substitution in my book is when it says "Grace's face lit up". I think it means Grace had a odd look on her face.

Ryan V said...

In my book Randy Johnson describes a ball going ninety seven miles per hour as zip. When he could have said the ball went really fast. The book I got this word from is called On the Mound with Randy Johnson. The author is Matt Christopher. Randy Johnson said this because it's what he thinks it sounds like.

Kayla M said...

In the book StarGirl they had from among the table came three slow claps. When they could have put from the table there were three claps.

Lily W said...

The title of my book is Eager Star,the author is Dandi Daley Mackall. A word substitution for the phrase he's gotten himself in a real pickle is, he has gotten himself into a real problem. This is because pickle means problem.

James Ebert said...

The book I'm reading is called Diary Of A Wimpy Kid. One of the things I found was the one kids mom was asking a bunch of answers. One of the answers she could have used me but she said women.

Sarah B said...

The author J.K. Rowling wrote the book Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire. For more interesting word author used in the sentence ''golden plates and goblets gleamed by lights of hundreds and hundreds of candles floating over the table in midair.'' Instead the author could have said ''plates and goblets seen by lights of a lot of candles over there head's.'' I think the author wrote that so she could show how she felt about that specific part. Or so the you could get interested in the book.

sethreffitt said...

The book title is Drive By. Four guys slouched low in the car. You can use Four guys put their heads down in the car. That's another way you can write it.

jolene.m said...

In my book A Year Down Yonder there is a lot of word substitution. Like when I read today I found this one that said “In Augie's peeling ear, Mr. Fluke barked, Boy you done took on the worn privy”. When it said peeling ear it meant that there was glue on Augie's ear that was coming off. Then when it said Mr. Fluke barked it meant that Mr. Fluke was yelling at Augie.

corbit .c said...

When Lynne Ewing says homies he means gang friends. The title of my book is Drive-by. He used it so it sounded like Jimmy.

Cyranda H. said...

The title of the book I am reading is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The author of this book is Roald Dahl. The sentence in the book said Ms. Gloop let out a shriek of fury. The word shriek means yelled. The reason why the author 'said' that is because somebody else that was in the Chocolate Factory 'said' this chocolate tastes nasty.

colton w. said...

Sophie erupted into full-on sobs. That is a great way to say that Sophie started to cry a lot. The title of the book I am reading is Tales From Halloweentown, The Witch's Amulet written by Lucy Ruggles.

Paitaan W said...

I am reading Seeds of Hope by Kristiana Gregory. She said the word courage. Another word for that would be guts. I would say she did not use the word guts because she had a different word to make more sense. That was probably the only word in her mind at that time.

heather p. said...

I am reading a book called A Child's Wish. There is a part in my book that said her stomach “knotted up like a fist”. I think that the writer said that because he wanted it to sound more serious than what it really was. I also think that he wanted you to feel that same way.

Christian W said...

The book I am reading is called The Hardy Boys, written by Franklin W. Dixon. The word substitution in my S.S.R book is “I always like tackling a tough case with you.” I think "tackling" means "working". It would sound the same, “I always like working on a tough case with you.”

Bree said...

Ordinary people seem to make it through the day without so many “catastrophes”. Another word for “catastrophes” is “mistakes”.The reason the author put “catastrophes”instead of mistakes is because she wanted the reader to think about it. The book I'm reading is Twilight the author of Twilight is Stephenie Meyer.

rachael j said...

In my book Big Sister Blues the Narrator said “Nicole was flipping through the days Times”. Times means newspaper in England. I think that the author replaced that because, she wanted to make it more exciting.

Amber said...

The book I'm reading is called Beach House a Goosebumps, and a Fear Street series. The author is R.L. Stine. Here is an example from the book. Barrett “muttered,” his eyes “surveying”the living room. The word, “muttered,” means to talk under your breath. Sometimes its hard to hear someone when they mutter. The word “surveying” means to look around the place, in this case, a room. to look around and kind of get information. Mr. Stine substituted these words because he wanted it to sound right and not so boring and dopey. He does it because he's smart enough to know that if he doesn't do it, nobody would want to read it!

Christian Stewart said...

The book I'm reading is called Among the Betrayed by Margaret Peterson Haddix. A sentence from my book that I read today is though, secretly Nina thought she could spend centuries in the prison cave with them and still not know anything about them. The reason the author put centuries is so the reader would know that the author was saying that Nina could spend 2 years with Alia, Matthais, and Percy in the prison cave.

Taylor S said...

The book I'm reading is called The Odorous Adventures of Stinky Dog and the word substitution is,The terrible ''unspoken'' rest of that sentence hardened his resolve as he took a nose dive straight for the bent rail. Unspoken means not said yet. He substituted that word because he's tying to impress the Newberry Award committee.

Kyndrah t. said...

I am reading a book called Twilight. There is a part in my book where Bella says to her dad “No, none of the boys in town have caught my eye yet.” I think the writer made Bella say “I don't really like any of the boys in town.” The writer made her say that because Bella was answering her dads question.

Seth Roberts said...

My book is called The Hay Meadow by Gary Paulsen. It said the venom made the lamb bellow. I thought to put this up because you rarely hear that word it was the first time I heard that word in a book. It meant the bite from the snake made the lamb cry.