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Notes from the Small Pond...Linguistics

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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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