COMMUNICATION TIP #90
“I says.” Who says this?!
You would be surprised how “I says” is insidiously inserting itself into the phrases that introduce dialogue.
Even though the conversation may have occurred last week, the person recounting it talks as if it is ongoing—in the present tense.
So, instead of saying “John said” the person says “John says.”
And here is the stunning next step: If that person had a role in that conversation, s/he just might say,” I says.”
“John says… and then I says… and then Alex says….”
These may be the same people who also say, “John was like… and then I go…and then Mary went….”
Please, just say “said.”