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    A synonym for "harrumphed"?

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by Glen Barrington, Oct 7, 2018.

    None of the online Thesauruses have it listed. But I've got a character who needs to "harrumph", but she is clearly too young to "harrumph". The dictionaries define it as making a big show of displeasure by clearing one's throat, but it seems like such an elderly thing to do. (Yes, I am 'harrumphing' at this moment, but I'm OLD!) Can anyone help me figure out how she can 'harrumph' in a more youthful manner?
     
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    Young Madeline harrumphed like an old lady. I returned her balloon and she smiled a gappy smile.
     
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    huffed, snorted
     
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    Does it have to be a vocalization? Because if she's a teen or even young adult, a roll of the eyes might be more age-appropriate (assuming you're in a contemporary setting).
     
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    Grunt? Scoff? Groan?

    When I sound it out, that's what I think of, maybe.
     
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    Scoff might work . . . Thanks, guys!
     
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    OOOH! Finish that story!
     
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    No, the child was a gift. Take her to a specialist. I'm thinking adenoid removal under a general anaesthetic?
     
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