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

This page is about the saying "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me".

Possible interpretation: A physical attack may injure me but a verbal attack cannot injure me.

Note: stick (noun): long, thin piece of wood | stone (noun): a small piece of rock | bones (noun): the hard, whitish material that makes our skeletons | hurt (verb): injure; cause pain | This children's taunt is also found as: "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me."

Quick Quiz:

If I think that "sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me", then I don't care what you

a. call me

b. throw at me

c. think of me

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Contributor: Josef Essberger