Consider this sentence:

"My handwriting is very good" said Smith proudly

I want to replace "said Smith proudly" with something that will appear a bit more professional or polished but with the meaning unchanged. What could that be...?

  • Confidently? not proud for sure but it works,
    – Grizzly
    Commented Nov 22, 2018 at 5:41
  • Thanks @Grizzly. But the word or phrase has to be proud or closely related to it...:)
    – user308123
    Commented Nov 22, 2018 at 5:45
  • Smith beamed
    – Jim
    Commented Nov 22, 2018 at 6:05
  • I doubt @Jim...:) The person is actually proud..so something related to that I'm looking at..
    – user308123
    Commented Nov 22, 2018 at 6:07
  • @user308123 - uhhm... Ok. Have you looked up beam??
    – Jim
    Commented Nov 22, 2018 at 6:09

2 Answers 2


If you're looking for a neutral word, I would use proclaim:

to declare publicly, typically insistently, proudly, or defiantly and in either speech or writing
Merriam Webster

Otherwise you have brag and its synonyms, which are negative.

  • Actually @Laurel the sentence is not "My handwriting is very good". I just mentioned it to convey an idea.What I actually have is a set of lines a person is saying to another person. And the first person is in fact quite proud of all that he is stating (hence I wanted something that would mean proud..like for eg. expressed with pride or maybe some other phrase that would give an impression to the reader that the idea conveyed is intending proud or pride). I thought of expressed with pride but then expressed sounded a bit off..can I replace expressed with some other suitable word?
    – user308123
    Commented Nov 22, 2018 at 6:04
  • @user308123 Proclaim is another word for said and expressed: proclaimed with pride. If it's not suitable, you need to explain why it's not suitable. (And explain why expressed is "a bit off.") Commented Nov 22, 2018 at 7:42
  • @JasonBassford The word has nothing to do with pride. It is sometimes used in association with pride, but that's just about it.
    – Kris
    Commented Nov 22, 2018 at 8:40


"My handwriting is very good" boasted Smith.

[reporting verb] Talk with excessive pride and self-satisfaction about one's achievements, possessions, or abilities.
[no object] ‘she boasted about her many conquests’


brag, crow, swagger, swank, gloat, show off, blow one's own trumpet, sing one's own praises, congratulate oneself, pat oneself on the back; exaggerate, overstate; preen oneself, give oneself airs; informaltalk big, blow hard, lay it on thick, shoot one's mouth off; informalskite, big-note oneself

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