A thesaurus is often helpful in word choice, I've used Roget's for thirty years or so. If you don't have access to one, this site can sometimes suffice: http://thesaurus.com/
Well, that is a bit on the snarky side (fortunately I enjoy a good snark).
And it wasn't a lack of thesaurus-ness. It was a starting point from whence a good, healthy discussion sprang.