Hello writers. I'm annoyed with myself. Thankfully, the internet is full of lists like "other ways to say 'said'" and the like, but that doesn't help me here. I have noticed that I keep using the two phrases "a [sound] escaped [someone's] mouth/lungs" and "[someone] gave a little [sound/expression]". AND I HATE IT. I sighed vs. I gave a little sigh. I moaned vs. A moan escaped my mouth. He grinned vs. He gave a little grin / He flashed me a grin. Her mouth curved up in a smile. His mouth twitched into a frown. The first three bolded phrases I use WAY too often for my liking, though naturally I use the more simple alternatives more often. I feel like those three bold phrases are a bad habit that I don't know how to quit. Are those phrases seen as redundant, overly wordy, lazy, cliché, or just silly? Are they fine to use only once in a while? Are there other ways of writing something similar to "a moan escaped my lungs"? I know why the phrase "escaped from" is used. It insinuates an involuntary bodily action/function. But there has to be another, at least one more way to write that, or describe it. Does anyone know any?