Friday, August 24, 2007
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.
posted by Andy Bechtel at 8:39 AM
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.