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Over at SleuthSayers.org there was a recent discussion about dialog tags. I joined in and, I think, summed it up best:
"If a speech tag draws attention to itself, it draws attention AWAY from the dialog, and if a speech tag is used to prop up weak dialog, then the problem isn't the choice of an unusual speech tag, the problem is weak or poorly written dialog.
"As a writer, then, your goal should be to write dialog so good it doesn't need speech tags to prop it up."