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Is there a word or a phrase for faking a laugh

You can write "a forced laugh", or "an insincere laugh." or "insincerely laughing." Other synonyms are "overdone laugh", or "hollow laugh," or "...
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Onomatopoeia for a noise people make when shutting someone up?

Preliminary Considerations Onomatopoeia can be more or less conventional. Some, like bang, have already acquired word status and their orthography and meaning is fixed. Others, like sh and mm-hmm and ...
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Onomatopoeia for a noise people make when shutting someone up?

I don’t think there can be an exact spelling for your specific onomatopoeia because that would suggest it has a correct spelling. That said, to my ear, the leading ‘h’ sounds off. But, “up up up,” ...
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How do you convey that an action is subconscious when writing in first person?

If you're after a key phrase, something like "without thinking" or "I found that..." might work. And attributing actions to parts of the body will emphasise lack of conscious ...
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How do you convey that an action is subconscious when writing in first person?

If it's something that is being done unconsciously, then the first-person narrator probably wouldn't realize she's doing it, until she had already done it, or someone else pointed it out. Two quick ...
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Is there another, more formal, word for 'ride' in this circumstance?

You might turn it around, and consider that he is asking for a "driver", rather than a "ride". Especially in the context of paid passage, the focus could logically be on the person ...
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Is there another, more formal, word for 'ride' in this circumstance?

The formal word for "a trip by vehicle" in English is a ride. This word is used for both paid (e.g. taxi ride or train ride) and unpaid transportation (e.g. to hitch a ride). You will have ...
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Is there another, more formal, word for 'ride' in this circumstance?

No, there is not. No term for 'ride' would better suit the situation here. Do you imagine your passenger asking not a free ride, but for a paid one? 'where this type of travel is commonplace enough ...
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is "next evolution" redundant?

Since evolution is a process and not an event, the "next evolution" does not sound correct to anyone who can comprehend the distinction. As one such person, I believe that a more appropriate ...
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Is there another, more formal, word for 'ride' in this circumstance?

I can't think of a general, formal word for "ride". We usually refer to the type of transportation. Like, "George tried to catch a taxi" or "George waited for the train". ...
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Is there another, more formal, word for 'ride' in this circumstance?

I've written and read enough fantasy to get the gist of it. Travelers want to join other travelers for safety. Bandits and monsters prowl the wilderness. Be it a farmer driving to and from the city to ...
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How do you describe someone who's talking while brushing their teeth?

It depends on your intent with the scene. If you think a specific action — talking while brushing ones teeth — will make the setting or moment more relatable or more visualizable then just narrator it ...
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How do you describe someone who's talking while brushing their teeth?

We cannot write your story for you, and asking that is off topic and will get your question closed. But here are a few things you can do to find out how to describe that scene: Go to the bathroom, ...
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