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Old 12-07-2017, 09:24 AM   #31
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Dear Dr Drib, knowing you to be a delicate soul that usually writes such tasteful and elegant prose, and seeing that JSWolf, the father-figure of this forum that everyone looks to as the voice of restraint, has failed to correct you, I feel it is incumbent on me to point out, in the simplest, clearest and most unambiguous manner that I can, that the post you made earlier this day was, actually, in full frankness, an example of a less than ideal choice of verb for speech attribution.
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Old 12-07-2017, 10:30 AM   #32
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Dear Dr Drib, knowing you to be a delicate soul that usually writes such tasteful and elegant prose, and seeing that JSWolf, the father-figure of this forum that everyone looks to as the voice of restraint, has failed to correct you, I feel it is incumbent on me to point out, in the simplest, clearest and most unambiguous manner that I can, that the post you made earlier this day was, actually, in full frankness, an example of a less than ideal choice of verb for speech attribution.
And yet it was used all the time a little over 100 years ago.

And, as recently, in one of Thomas Pynchon's novels ("Against The Day"):

“Swell!” Darby ejaculated. “We’re chasing ourselves now.”

I think I first noticed it (in fiction), when I acquired some of the original Tom Swift books, the ones published at the turn of the last century, as written by Victor Appleton. I thought it was funny, at fist, until I did some research and found out that it's one of those words not much in common use today, unless one is purposefully parodying a style of writing, as Pynchon does in part of that rich, funny, HUMONGOUS novel quoted above.

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Old 12-07-2017, 11:08 AM   #33
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Ejacualted can mean...

1. to utter suddenly and briefly; exclaim.

So yes it is valid the usage that Dr. Drib gave. But, for modern usage, it looks all wrong even if it's not. To change the usage, all I needed to do was add in a single two letter word.
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Old 12-07-2017, 11:23 AM   #34
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Well, if we want to get all literal about it, you will notice that I merely said "less than ideal".

ETA: And you didn't need to add any words, Jon. Just capitalise "He" to start a new sentence.

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Old 12-07-2017, 01:13 PM   #35
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Holmes and Watson ejaculated all over the place.
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This was even funnier seeing as how I just read the end of billboards and how to promote.
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Holmes and Watson ejaculated all over the place.
... and in a family friendly way no less.
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Holmes and Watson ejaculated all over the place.
"I am not cleaning that up", Mrs. Hudson ejaculated.
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"I am not cleaning that up", Mrs. Hudson ejaculated.
Can I just say...oh never mind. Can't type without giggling.
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The Rowling quotes cited in support of using more descriptive alternatives to “said” remind me of Stephen King's use of similar colorful alternatives - “bawled,” “brayed,” “mewled” come to mind. I think the writing of both authors highlights the difference between literary writing, which is more or less introspective and emphasizes craftsmanship over plot, as compared to writing for a broader audience, which is more lively and fast paced, and in which plot (story telling) is all important.

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The Rowling quotes cited in support of using more descriptive alternatives to “said” remind me of Stephen King's use of similar colorful alternatives - “bawled,” “brayed,” “mewled” come to mind. I think the writing of both authors highlights the difference between literary writing, which is more or less introspective and emphasizes craftsmanship over plot, as compared to writing for a broader audience, which is more lively and fast paced, and in which plot (story telling) is all important.

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If you want some all-out 'said' variant howlers, then you MUST read some Dan Turner PI short stories, written by Robert Leslie Bellem.
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Thanks for the suggestion - will check them out!

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