Writing & Editing Avoid ‘dead words,’ such as ‘good,’ ‘bad’ and ‘said’ Teachers’ ‘dead words’ project seeks to vanquish dull diction. Some writers fume: What’s so bad about ‘said’? By Russell Working@byworkingDec. 5, 2015 SHARE To read the full story, log in. Become a Ragan Insider member to read this article and all other archived content. Sign up today Already a member? Log in here. Learn more about Ragan Insider.