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How would I best describe a mode of speech that is strong and forceful, especially when voicing a complaint? I’m looking to strengthen this sentence, ideally by getting rid of the adverb construction:

She complained loudly about the bad customer service.

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Perhaps you could say "She railed against the low quality customer service."

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I would say "She ranted about the bad customer service."

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Informal: She bitched about the bad customer service

Synonym: She bemoaned the bad customer service

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I will throw in bluster for good measure.

She blustered about the bad customer service.

  • Wiktionary:

    To speak or protest loudly.

  • Merriam-Webster:

    to talk or act with noisy swaggering threats

  • The American Heritage Dictionary:

    a. To speak in a loudly arrogant or bullying manner. b. To brag or make loud, empty threats.

  • "Bluster" has a sense of her complaints and threats being empty and ineffective ("more bark than bite"), which may be appropriate depending on the situation. – ShreevatsaR Mar 10 '11 at 11:46
  • Not to mention anyone under 50 will have a hard time understanding that ;) – mplungjan Mar 10 '11 at 13:12

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