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Synonyms of scud in English:


  • 1 I wanted to be one of those guys scudding across the lake on their iceboats
    speed, race, rush, sail, shoot, sweep, skim, whip, whiz, flash, fly, scurry, flit;
    British  scutter, scuttle
  • Reflections


    Once I heard a teacher tell a seventh-grade class that this was precisely the sort of verb they should use to make their writing livelier and more interesting. The example she gave was: The storm clouds scudded over the horizon. In fact, this is precisely the sort of word—words that call unnecessary attention to themselves, that sound artificial and stop the reader in mid-sentence—that should not be used for that reason. Or for any reason. When in doubt, use a simpler and more everyday word, and try to make the content of the sentence livelier and more interesting, which is always a better idea. If you don't have anything fresh to report about the rapidly moving clouds, writing that they scudded won't help.
    Francine Prose
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