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

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

Prov. You do not hurt me by calling me names. (A reply to someone who has called you names. Primarily used by children; sounds childish when used by adults.) Brother: You're stupid and mean, and everybody hates you! Sister: Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.
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Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me, especially when spoken in an affectionate manner.
STICKS and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me'' is surely one of the worst lies ever perpetrated.
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Now the brave teenager has beaten the condition and is looking forward to the release of her book, Sticks And Stones May Break My Bones But Words Will Forever Hurt Me.
Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones But Words Will Forever Hurt Me is being published by Crystal Serenades and will be available from November 21.
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