Why do young writers all want to use the word "said"?
If they can't think of any other word then direct them to this list.
7 groups of 14 alternatives to the word "said" plus 2 bonus words adding up to 100 ways of saying said.
“Please, don’t ever use that word again!” pleaded Gaby.
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“You won’t catch me using that word” chuckled Charlie.
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“I’m not going to use it either” decided Mike.
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“Me, neither,” mumbled Angie.
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“Good,” praised Mike, “we’ll be much better people because of it!”
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“Yes,” repeated Charlie, “much better people.”
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“We will be,” teased Angie and Gaby, “but we’re not sure about you two!”
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