Take a look at that list, and you’ll probably notice several ‘substitutes for said’ that seem… off, not right, weird. How can anyone shudder a sentence (or even a single word)? How can spoken words be leered?
Consider these other so-called substitutes for said: miffed, quivered, trembled, accepted, struggled, wearied, degraded, scorned.
“This is why we can’t have nice things,” he wearied.
Looks kinda silly, doesn’t it? So don’t be that writer…
Even if you believe that “said is dead” (according to whom?), please limit the words you use in its place to ones that convey speaking in some form, and make sure they work with what is spoken.
Yes: “No,” she snorted.
No: “Of course I don’t like broccoli without cheese,” she snorted.
Yes: “Get out!’ he snapped.
No: “Go away and never come back, you three-eyed, dog-faced toad demon!” he snapped.
Using an uncommon substitute for said is a lot like using adverbs in the dialogue tag (attribution). Under most circumstances, you shouldn’t even need it; what the characters say, and any actions they perform while talking, should be enough to convey meaning. If adverbs are a sign of weak and lazy verbs, and adjectives are a sign of weak and lazy nouns (I believe neither of these, but some people do), what are “said” book-ist* substitutes for said?
I’ll leave you with a quote and an image from a blog post you ought to read:
“Getting creative with synonyms for said will not make the dialogue better. In fact, it will probably distract the reader. Try improving the actual dialogue, not the attribution.”
*From the famous Turkey City Lexicon:
An artificial verb used to avoid the word “said.” “Said” is one of the few invisible words in the English language and is almost impossible to overuse. It is much less distracting than “he retorted,” “she inquired,” “he ejaculated,” and other oddities. The term “said-book” comes from certain pamphlets, containing hundreds of purple-prose synonyms for the word “said,” which were sold to aspiring authors from tiny ads in American magazines of the pre-WWII era.