Says who

Chip Scanlan at Poynter Institute offers a good examination of “said” vs. “says” in attribution. Among the experts he consults is Chris Wienandt, president of the American Copy Editors Society.


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  1. Yes, that is a good discussion of when to use says and when to use said. I guess the answer is “It depends,” which apparently drives some copy editors crazy, as the comments to the post show. I found that amusing. Yes, hard-and-fast rules are easier to apply, but come on, there are always going to be gray areas in language.

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