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

childish 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. A: "There are some pretty unflattering rumors circulating about you now." B: "Oh, who cares? 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.
See also: and, break, but, hurt, may, never, stick, stone, will, word
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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