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30th Oct '17 6:24:43 PM sheika
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* Completely averted in Russian and French if you ''don't'' use Said Bookism, you will be considered an okay writer at best.

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* Completely averted in Russian Russian, Spanish and French if you ''don't'' use Said Bookism, you will be considered an okay writer at best.
30th Oct '17 6:23:18 PM sheika
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Some said bookisms particularly "asked", and to a lesser extent "replied" are widely considered as acceptable when used properly (i.e. when a character is asking a question, and then the other character replies). The primary danger of other said bookisms lies in the fact that repeated use makes them lose their effectiveness; if every character growls, snarls, or hisses with every line of dialogue, then the unusual dialogue tags lose all of their impact and the writing looks ridiculous. Verbs which aren't a form of speech are especially frowned upon; using "laughed" or "sighed" as a dialogue tag (as opposed to noting that a character did one of those things) can be distracting, while using "smiled" or "shrugged" as a said bookism is right out - you cannot smile or shrug a line. And if a character "hisses" or "snaps" their dialogue, it should probably be a line where you can actually do that; you can't hiss a phrase with no sibilants, or snap a WallOfText. Some other dialogue tags, such as "ejaculated", have come to [[HaveAGayOldTime gain connotations]] which render them unusable in serious text. That said, TropesAreNotBad: the {{Bathos}} that can come from an unusual choice of said bookism is a good source of comedy, as in the Ring Lardner exchange quoted above.

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Some said bookisms particularly "asked", and to a lesser extent "replied" are widely considered as acceptable when used properly (i.e. when a character is asking a question, and then the other character replies). The primary danger of other said bookisms lies in the fact that repeated use makes them lose their effectiveness; if every character growls, snarls, or hisses with every line of dialogue, then the unusual dialogue tags lose all of their impact and the writing looks ridiculous. Verbs which aren't a form of speech are especially frowned upon; using "laughed" or "sighed" as a dialogue tag (as opposed to noting that a character did one of those things) can be distracting, while using "smiled" or "shrugged" as a said bookism is right out - you cannot smile or shrug a line. And if a character "hisses" or "snaps" their dialogue, it should probably be a line where you can actually do that; you can't hiss a phrase with no sibilants, or snap a WallOfText. Some other dialogue tags, such as "ejaculated", have come to [[HaveAGayOldTime gain connotations]] which render them unusable in serious text. That said, TropesAreNotBad: the {{Bathos}} that can come from an unusual choice of said bookism is a good source of comedy, as in the Ring Lardner exchange quoted above.
above. Also, in some languages like Spanish, this trope is enforced as repetiton is considered a bad thing much more than in other languages. Try to compare any book to their Spanish translation, or viceversa.
21st Oct '17 8:32:10 AM Storygirl000
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* Overuse of Said Bookism is a chargeable offense in the [[WebOriginal/ProtectorsOfThePlotContinuum PPC]]. It can also infect agents, as shown in [[https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zrWBvhHssGq9kJFF63zCczp90r3VP8YMn8nXROcSsRI/mobilebasic this]] mission.
8th Oct '17 1:32:36 PM Augusto
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8th Oct '17 1:31:37 PM Augusto
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24th Sep '17 12:46:03 PM SeptimusHeap
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* {{Biggles}} does this all the time. Algy and Ginger might be guilty of saying things, but Biggles and Von Stalhein never are.

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* {{Biggles}} Literature/{{Biggles}} does this all the time. Algy and Ginger might be guilty of saying things, but Biggles and Von Stalhein never are.
29th Aug '17 6:10:48 PM GrammarNavi
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* {{XSGCOM}} gets a lot of mileage out of "opined."
* FanFic/YuGiOhRealitysCurtain averts this with extreme prejudice, most lines are attributed with 'said' or some form of action performed by the speaker. The author has also had a paragraph on their profile at one point detailing their contempt for this trope.

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* {{XSGCOM}} ''Fanfic/{{XSGCOM}}'' gets a lot of mileage out of "opined."
* FanFic/YuGiOhRealitysCurtain ''FanFic/YuGiOhRealitysCurtain'' averts this with extreme prejudice, most lines are attributed with 'said' or some form of action performed by the speaker. The author has also had a paragraph on their profile at one point detailing their contempt for this trope.
12th Aug '17 3:47:03 PM nombretomado
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* Robert B. Parker had an apparent aversion to using any other word than "said" to tag dialogue, at least in the ''{{Spenser}}'' series. Listening to the audiobook really drives the point home.

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* Robert B. Parker had an apparent aversion to using any other word than "said" to tag dialogue, at least in the ''{{Spenser}}'' ''Literature/{{Spenser}}'' series. Listening to the audiobook really drives the point home.
7th Apr '17 2:26:33 PM ScotieRw
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A Said Bookism is a variety of PurpleProse in which the writer goes out of their way to avoid the word "said". It was quite the fashion at one point; there were even 'said books' ([[TropeNamer hence the name]], "said book-ism") you could buy with lists of verbs that can be used instead of "said", like "exclaimed", "emoted", "whispered", "sighed", "rumbled", "hissed", "pontificated", "enquired", etc.

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A Said Bookism is a variety of PurpleProse in which the writer goes out of their way to avoid the word "said". It was quite the fashion at one point; there were even 'said books' ([[TropeNamer hence the name]], "said book-ism") you could buy with lists of verbs that can be used instead of "said", like "exclaimed", "emoted", "whispered", "sighed", "rumbled", "hissed", "pontificated", "enquired", etc.
7th Feb '17 2:50:11 PM GlassCatOwl
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''Fanfic/ChildOfGrace'' avoids not only 'said' but 'asked', substituting 'queried', 'questioned', and 'interrogated' in completely inappropriate places.

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* ''Fanfic/ChildOfGrace'' avoids not only 'said' but 'asked', substituting 'queried', 'questioned', and 'interrogated' in completely inappropriate places.
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