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)

A common childhood chant meaning hurtful words cannot cause any physical pain and thus will be ignored or disregarded. I've never been affected by people's criticism—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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TOP Midland rapper Mist, shot during a violent robbery at a Portuguese villa, has sent a defiant message to his attackers: "Sticks and stones may break my bones..."
So it is time we just followed our much wiser forefathers and reverted back to a far more tolerant era when we all believed in the idiom 'sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.'.
Contrary to the old "sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me" saying, it turns out verbal sparring may make the pain associated with chronic illnesses even worse.
Van Gaal himself responded to Scholes' criticism by claiming he should not have aired his views in public, then added that 'sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me'.
One is a film and the other a magazine and just shows how, unless you see them as purely as entertainment for what they are meant to be, or in our sensitive times as poking fun, the old saying that "sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me" sadly do not ring true in our sensitive world today.
"STICKS and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me ...
Harry Hill 'Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me', and it worked!
His attack follows recent songs such as S andM by Rihanna, which contains the line "sticks and stones may break my bones but chains and whips excite me".
WE'VE all heard "sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me".
I think she would do well to stop watching silly game shows and read up on the true meaning of racism, remember the saying "Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me."
Sticks and stones may break my bones AND names WILL hurt me.
After Shanika recites that age-old pithy adage, "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me," the young girl claims to feel better.
"Sticks and stones may break my bones, but chains and whips excite me." Oo-er!
Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me, especially when spoken in an affectionate manner.