“Said is dead,” declares a homework assignment. A LiveJournal writer is pleased her son has been assigned to write fan fiction: He’s supposed to “write a few exchanges of dialogue between two or three characters based on a ‘missing scene’ from the book they’re reading now.” But she wonders at instructions not to use “said” more than twice. Instead, students get a long list of alternatives, including:
Of course, this is terrible advice. Read the comments.
Thanks to Michele Catalano for the link.