sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me

sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me

1894 G. F. NORTHALL Folk-Phrases 23 Sticks and stones will break my bones, but names will never hurt me! Said by one youngster to another calling names.

1980 Cosmopolitan Dec. 137 ‘Sticks and stones may break my bones,’ goes the children’s rhyme, ‘but words will never hurt me.’ One wonders whether the people on the receiving end..would agree.

2001 Times 28 Dec. 20 Sticks and stones may break some bones, but, as every journalist knows, words truly hurt. They rouse the fiends of fury, litigation and letters to the press.


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  • Sticks and stones may break my bones (but words will never hurt me). — Sticks and stones may break my bones (but words will never hurt me). something that you say which means that people cannot hurt you with bad things they say or write about you. Criticism has never bothered me. Sticks and stones may break my bones …   New idioms dictionary

  • Sticks and Stones (Nursery Rhyme) — Sticks and Stones Sticks and Stones is a popular English language Nursery Rhyme.The rhyme instructs in two ways, one for children and one for adults:1. It persuades the child victim of name calling to ignore the taunt, to refrain from physical… …   Wikipedia

  • Sticks and Stones — refers to a children s rhyme ( Sticks and stones may break my bones / But words will never hurt me ), but the term may also refer to:Music * Sticks and Stones (New Found Glory album) , an album by New Found Glory * Sticks and Stones (Tracy… …   Wikipedia

  • hard words break no bones — A terser statement of the sentiment in sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. Cf. c 1450 Towneley Play of Noah (EETS) 1. 380 Thise grete wordis shall not flay me. 1697 G. MERITON Yorkshire Ale (ed. 3) 84 Foul words… …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • break — noun see never give a sucker an even break verb see hard words break no bones if it were not for hope, the heart would break it is the last straw that breaks the camel’s back obey orders, if you break owners …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • hurt — see don’t cry before you’re hurt what you don’t know can’t hurt you sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs, Thematic Index — absence absence makes the heart grow fonder he who is absent is always in the wrong the best of friends must part blue are the hills that are far away distance lends enchantment to the view out of sight, out of mind …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • bone — see what’s bred in the bone will come out in the flesh you buy land, you buy stones; you buy meat, you buy bones a dog that will fetch a bone will carry a bone hard words break no bones the nearer the bone, the sweeter the meat …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • word — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) Written communication Nouns 1. word, term, expression, locution, linguistic unit or form, word form, lexeme; homonym, synonym, antonym, heteronym, homophone; syllable, monosyllable, polysyllable; stem,… …   English dictionary for students

  • word — see a word to the wise is enough actions speak louder than words an Englishman’s word is his bond fine words butter no parsnips hard words break no bones one picture is worth ten thousand words …   Proverbs new dictionary

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