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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.
7th Feb '17 2:49:37 PM GlassCatOwl
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''Fanfic/ChildOfGrace'' avoids not only 'said' but 'asked', substituting 'queried', 'questioned', and 'interrogated' in completely inappropriate places.
5th Feb '17 11:27:27 AM TheNicestGuy
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* Said Bookism appears in-universe, played for pathos, in ''Series/TheWire'', when [[spoiler:Ziggy Sobotka]] insists that a character didn't ''say'' something, he ''begged''. But he's not a writer. He's reviewing his murder confession, and it was his victim who begged, "Please don't shoot me."
-->'''Suspect:''' But that's not going to mess you up, though, right?\\
'''Detective:''' No, it's more descriptive like that. [[SympathyForTheDevil It's good.]] Thanks.
29th Dec '16 12:30:52 PM MiddleEighth
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*Although ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone'' is hardly guilty of this trope, there is a scene when the author deliberately did not use "said" at all--when the Pyar gods speak with the four. The two younger gods merely reiterate, in different words, what the primary god says, and every one of their speaking verbs is different. The implication is that what the gods are saying is, for the most part, both pretentious and useless.
21st Dec '16 2:31:27 PM setay96
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* 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.
30th Nov '16 11:48:52 PM Phys101
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* Literature/TheHost is just as bad.

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* Literature/TheHost Literature/TheHost, by [[Creator/StephenieMeyer the same author]], is just as bad.
14th Sep '16 8:29:30 PM GuiRitter
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* ''Literature/WarriorCats'' falls into this sometimes, though this mostly is becuase the authors replace every instance of the word "said" with "meowed", which can get [[{{Narm}} a little weird sometimes]] and the authors want to avoid that. Apart from that, there are still a lot of said bookisms, like "ventured."

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* ''Literature/WarriorCats'' falls into this sometimes, though this mostly is becuase because the authors replace every instance of the word "said" with "meowed", which can get [[{{Narm}} a little weird sometimes]] and the authors want to avoid that. Apart from that, there are still a lot of said bookisms, like "ventured."
31st Aug '16 6:07:09 PM nombretomado
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* ''TheEyeOfArgon''. Nothing is ever "said" instead it is "husked" or "ejaculated" or "stated [[PerfectlyCromulentWord whimsicoracally]]".

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* ''TheEyeOfArgon''.''Literature/TheEyeOfArgon''. Nothing is ever "said" instead it is "husked" or "ejaculated" or "stated [[PerfectlyCromulentWord whimsicoracally]]".
3rd Aug '16 1:40:52 AM Ghostninja109
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* Everyone, mortal and supernatural, seems to murmur a lot in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''.
19th Jul '16 11:04:05 AM DaibhidC
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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 dialgoue, 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 dialgoue, 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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