Said is Dead

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I said I was going to stick to my New Year’s resolutions this year – so I said.

But then I find out that said is dead so instead:

I mentioned I was going to stick to my New Year’s resolutions this year – so I mentioned.

I am editing a manuscript with 248 “saids” in it.  That’s probably overdoing it a bit and the writer could use a little more variety. But some of the so-called substitutes are so fake.

I once had an administrator who used “opine” all the time.  We got a kick out of that one.  Why not just say “think”?