Please don’t ejaculate…at least when writing dialogue!

My favorite of the worst dialogue tags? The word “ejaculated” instead of “said.” You’ll find it in older literature, and it always makes me wince/laugh. Example: “Oh god, you can’t be serious!” he ejaculated. I visualize something funny, yet unpleasant, when I read that tag.

If you have to add a dialogue tag, using “said” is okay. You don’t have to use the thesaurus to find replacements so you’ll sound cooler. In the end, you DON’T!

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