Notes from the Small Pond...Linguistics
Whoever invented that stupid nursery rhyme about "sticks and stones breaking bones" and "names never hurting" was just plain wrong and did more harm to generations of grower-uppers than Captain Kangaroo could ever heal. Words freaking hurt. Way more than sticks and stones, for God's sake. I'd rather be beaten to a pulp and dumped in a garbage can than labeled "pedophile" the rest of my life, even though it's just a word. But that's just me.
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