Some words are come loaded with meaning. For example, if you are under eighteen, you are a juvenile. How do you respond to that word? Do you like being called a juvenile? Probably not. I bet you’d prefer to be called an adolescent or a teenager.
Be sure to read my post from yesterday, where I suggested that good writers use few dialogue tags to indicate who is speaking, and when they do, then rely on trusty old “said” and occasionally “asked.”
Still, there’s nothing wrong with mixing it up on occasion — especially when how something is said is particularly important and not sufficiently clear through the dialogue itself. Writers young and old need help sometimes with alternatives to “said,” so I created an official WriteAtHome list of dialogue tags.